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Pheochromocytoma: 3 most common symptoms Hi Yield
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Rx: PHEnoxybenzamine ( alpha antagonist)

further reading if needed - medscape:

Surgical resection of the tumor is the treatment of choice and usually results in cure of the hypertension. Careful treatment with alpha and beta blockers is required preoperatively to control blood pressure and prevent intraoperative hypertensive crises.
Start alpha blockade with phenoxybenzamine 7-10 days preoperatively to allow for expansion of blood volume. The patient should undergo volume expansion with isotonic sodium chloride solution. Encourage liberal salt intake.
Initiate a beta blocker only after adequate alpha blockade. If beta blockade is started prematurely, unopposed alpha stimulation could precipitate a hypertensive crisis. Administer the last doses of oral alpha and beta blockers on the morning of surgery. No distinction is found in hypertensive episodes during surgery between MEN 2 and non-MEN–associated pheochromocytoma. Therefore, pretreatment using alpha and beta adrenergic blockers remains a standard of care in both groups of patients
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