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WHAT IS Pheo Para?
Pheochromocytoma (pheo) and paraganglioma (para) are both considered neuroendocrine tumors. They occur in both men and women equally, and they affect every race of people. They can occur at any age, but the peak incidence occurs in the third to fifth decade in life.
Functioning pheo and para create excessive amounts of catecholamines in a body, elevating the risk of heart attack, stroke, and even kidney failure. For patients with functioning pheos and para, there is also a danger to outpatient procedures that involve anesthesia; this includes dental procedures that involve certain numbing agents. A reaction to the anesthetics causes the body to release a large amount of catecholamines that can send the patient into a catecholamine crisis and cause stroke or heart attack.
Even non-functioning tumors pose a threat by growing too large and/or causing nerve and organ damage, and because they are made of the same cells as functioning tumors, they can “switch on” at any time causing all the dangers that a functioning pheo and para patient experience.
All proceeds from this event benefit Pheo Para Alliance, a 501c3 organization, whose mission is to empower patients, their families and medical professionals through advocacy, education and a global community of support for patients with pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma and to facilitate research to accelerate treatments and cures.