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Pheochromocytoma and Paraganglioma Treatment (PDQ®)

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Last Modified: 10/24/2013

Stage Information for Pheochromocytoma and Paraganglioma

There is no standard staging system for pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma. Patients have traditionally been divided into one of three categories:

  • Localized (apparently benign) disease.
  • Regional disease.
  • Metastatic disease. The most common sites of metastasis for pheochromocytoma or extra-adrenal paraganglioma are lymph nodes, bones, lungs, and liver.