A 31-y-old black man with neurofibromatosis, alcoholism and hypertension was admitted because of abdominal pain, hematemesis and cough. In the hospital he had prolonged fever and developed a multiorgan crisis. Despite thorough investigation, no infectious cause for fever was found. Urinary catecholamines and metabolites were markedly elevated. Computerized tomography revealed a mass abutting the left kidney. A diagnosis of pheochromocytoma was made, and as soon as treatment with phenoxybenzamine and propranolol was begun, the fever resolved. Serum interleukin-6 (IL-6) concentration was initially elevated, decreased after the start of adrenergic blockade, and gradually fell to an undetectable level after surgery. These observations suggest that interleukin-6 might have been causally related to the patient's fever and possibly the multiorgan crisis.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Microbiology(all)
- Microbiology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases