How is provocative testing used for the diagnosis of pheochromocytomas?

Updated: Jul 20, 2020
  • Author: Michael A Blake, MBBCh, MRCPI, FRCR; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Provocative testing was used in the past to confirm or exclude pheochromocytoma. However, such testing can cause dangerous hypertensive episodes. In addition provocative testing with glucagon has been shown to have less than 50% sensitivity. [42]


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