A 42-year old woman presented with headache, palpitation and facial flushing. Ultrasonograms and computed tomograms revealed tumors in both of the adrenal glands, anterior aspect of the inferior vena cava, and the right lobe of the thyroid gland. Fine needle aspiration biopsy of the thyroid nodule revealed papillary thyroid carcinoma. Serum calcitonin, CEA, intact PTH and calcium levels were within normal limits. Markedly elevated levels of urinary normetanephrine and vanillylmandelic acid, and the result of 131I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (131I-MIBG) scintigraphy indicated that both adrenal masses were pheochromocytoma. Bilateral adrenalectomy, paracaval mass removal and total thyroidectomy together with central lymph node dissection were performed. The final pathological diagnosis was bilateral adrenal pheochromocytoma, paraganglioma, papillary thyroid carcinoma and either parathyroid adenoma or hyperplasia. Analysis of the RET proto-oncogene mutation, von Hippel Lindau mutation, succinate dehydrogenase subunit B mutation, and succinate dehydrogenase subunit D mutation yielded negative results. The relationship of these lesions could not be determined. This is the first report of a combination of bilateral pheochromocytoma, abdominal paraganglioma, papillary thyroid carcinoma and either parathyroid adenoma or hyperplasia without hyperparathyroidism.
- Papillary thyroid carcinoma