What are the precipitants of hypertensive crisis in pheochromocytomas?

Updated: Aug 10, 2018
  • Author: Michael A Blake, MBBCh, MRCPI, FRCR; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Precipitants of a hypertensive crisis include the following:

  • Anesthesia induction
  • Opiates
  • Dopamine antagonists: Eg, metoclopramide [11]
  • Cold medications
  • Beta blockers [11]
  • Drugs that inhibit catecholamine reuptake: Eg, tricyclic antidepressants and cocaine
  • Childbirth

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