High blood pressure can damage multiple organs, particularly tissues of the cardiovascular system, brain and kidneys. If left untreated, high blood pressure associated with pheochromocytomas may result in a number of critical conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Kidney failure
- Acute respiratory distress
- Damage to nerves of the eye
Cancerous (malignant) tumors
Rarely, a pheochromocytoma is cancerous (malignant), and the cancerous cells spread to other parts of the body (metastasize). Cancerous cells from a pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma most often migrate to the lymph system, bones, liver or lungs.
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