1. Can I have more than one pheochromocytoma at once?
Yes. Usually a single adrenal tumor will arise in one gland or the other, but multiple tumors can form. This is more likely in people with a strong family history of pheochromocytomas. A person may have a tumor in each adrenal gland or occasionally in other locations.
3. Is it really necessary to follow the dietary restrictions?
The level of catecholamines (and their metabolites) in blood is affected by diet. For test accuracy, interfering substances need to be avoided. Various foods, including caffeine-containing foods such as coffee and energy drinks, and chocolate, as well as cigarette and cigar smoking may interfere with the test and should be avoided prior to testing. It is important to follow the instructions given by your healthcare provider and the specimen collection site.
4. Is it really necessary to collect urine for 24 hours?
Yes, for accurate test results, it is essential that all of the urine be collected. Because the catecholamines are released at varying times, one sample might not be sufficient to detect the average concentration of metanephrines.
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