A 46-year-old man was found to have numerous cerebellar hemangioblastomas on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). He denied any symptoms and had no history of hypertension, but his family history was remarkable for a father who died of renal cell carcinoma. Computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen revealed bilateral adrenal pheochromocytomas with significant enhancement in the regions where 131I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) had noticeably accumulated. Endocrinological examinations demonstrated high plasma and urine catecholamine concentrations which were very responsive to metoclopramide and glucagon loading tests, without a significant change in blood pressure. After resection of bilateral pheochromocytomas, he underwent an operation for the cerebellar tumors. Since pheochromocytomas associated with Lindau or von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease have a tendency to multiple occurrence in normotensive patients, we suggest that patients with a family history involving VHL lesions should undergo cranial MRI, abdominal CT, MIBG scintigraphy and endocrinological examinations.
- Cerebellar hemangioblastoma
- I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG)
- Renal cell carcinoma
- Von Hippel-Lindau disease
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism