I got my most recent lab work back. One reading was slightly elevated (VMA). This is something they check for a rare adrenal tumor - phaeochromocytoma. I, of course, have been scouring the internet for information. As you all know, that has created more confusion and few answers. One article actually said that in pregnant women it can present as preeclampsia and all preg women with pe should be screened for it. That was the only article I found that likned the two (no, I can't remember the site.) Apparently it is so rare that 50% of cases are diagnosed post mortem because nobody ever thinks to check for it. Anyway, do any of you have any knowledge of this? Also, the VMA screening seems to be the least reliable test. the Metanephrine levell in urine is a better screening tool. My OB is not very concerned b/c the level was so slightly elevated. She wants me to discuss it with my cardio on the 29th. It is responnsible for less than 1% of hypertension patients, so I guess it is a long shot, but I meet many of the criteria (young for high BP, severely high BP, heart palpitations, family history of thyroid disease, etc.) I see how people become hypochondriacs, everything I read screams "YOU GOT IT!" I am skeptical, though - just want to know if ya'll have heard of this.
Ian 12/26/01 - 26 weeks P/E & HELLP
#2 EDD July 15, 2004