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Recurrent ventricular arrhythmias complicating myocardial infarction in the presence of phaeochromocytoma.
  1. A J McNeill,
  2. A A Adgey,
  3. C Wilson
  1. Waveney Hospital, Ballymena, Northern Ireland.


    After an acute myocardial infarction a 49 year old man developed late recurrent severe ventricular arrhythmias coincident with transient hypertensive episodes. A phaeochromocytoma was diagnosed on the basis of the urinary concentration of catecholamines and computerised tomography of the adrenal glands. After stabilisation of his cardiac rhythm and blood pressure with alpha and beta adrenergic blockade and anti-arrhythmic treatment the right adrenal gland, which contained the tumour, was successfully resected. The diagnosis of a phaeochromocytoma should be considered when recurrent ventricular arrhythmias are associated with intermittent hypertension after myocardial infarction.

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