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CT-guided biopsy of suspected malignancy: A potential pitfall

Steven Henderson, Wael Elsaify
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 17, No 4 | a6 | DOI: | © 2013 Steven Henderson, Wael Elsaify | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 February 2013 | Published: 08 November 2013

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Steven Henderson, Department of Radiology, Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Wael Elsaify, Department of Endocrine Surgery, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

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Paragangliomas are rare catecholamine-secreting neuro-endocrine tumours that can arise from sympathetic or parasympathetic tissue. Any manipulation of these tumours, without appropriate medical therapy, can result in excess catecholamine release leading to a catecholamine crisis. Neuro-endocrine tumours must be considered prior to interventional biopsy of an unknown soft-tissue mass, and appropriate biochemical investigations should be performed in suspected cases to prevent catastrophic complications.


Neuro-endocrine tumours; biopsy; unknown soft-tissue mass


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