Unclassical Combination of Smell Dysfunction, Altered Abdominal Nociception and Human Hypertension Associated Classical Adrenal-Augmentation

Daniel S. Leon-Ariza, Juan S. Leon-Ariza, Fidias E. Leon-Sarmiento


We report a 33-year-old female patient, who arrived to the emergency ward with an abdominal pain that suddenly started 10 days before admission. Simultaneously, the patient developed sudden arterial hypertension and smell disturbances. Conventional medical treatment for pain and arterial hypertension was effortless. Laboratory tests ruled out pancreatitis. Metanephrines in her urine were also normal. A dual-phase intravenous contrast computed tomography of the abdomen showed a large mass within left adrenal gland. Adrenocortical adenoma was diagnosed. The mass was not hypervascularized but positive for synaptophysin and chromogranin A. Importantly, these proteins are heavily involved with acetylcholine metabolism. The triad of olfactory disorders, pain and arterial hypertension normalized after surgically extracting the adrenal mass. To our knowledge, this medical case is the first reported patient exhibiting immediate recovery of such unclassical triad of local and remote findings. The function and dysfunction of key nanocholinergic pathways involved with smell, blood pressure and nociception would explain the pathophysiology of this unique medical case.

J Med Cases. 2015;6(11):527-533
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14740/jmc2330w


Smell; Arterial hypertension; Pain; Synaptophysin; Chromogranin A; Adrenal adenoma

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