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Occasional panic attacks can sometimes be caused by pheochromocytoma. This cause is rare, and its very easy to miss. Pheochromocytoma tumor (usually benign) arising from chromaffin cells of the adrenal medulla chromaffin tissue or ekstraadrenalovoy sympathetic ganglia. They secrete adrenaline and noradrenaline either permanently or paroxysmally, causing seizures, which are characterized by atrial fibrillation, reddening of the skin, sweating, trembling, and a sharp headache, along with hypertension and tachycardia. In such attacks the patient usually experiences severe anxiety. Sometimes there is a short-term confusion. Between bouts of blood pressure remains constantly high. Attacks can be triggered by physical exertion, sometimes emotions.

Diagnosis is based on the results of laboratory studies showing the increased concentration of catecholamines in the blood or urine, or their metabolites in urine. More information about the syndrome and its treatment can be found in academic medical literature relevant profile.

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