Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

Teach the patient the importance of compliance with re-evaluation studies of catecholamine and metanephrine levels. Teach the patient that pheochromocytoma can recur and that pheochromo-cytoma left undetected can cause encephalopathy, high-grade fever, multisystem failure, and death. Teach patients to monitor their blood pressure at home, to report subnormal measurements or diastolic pressures over 115 mm Hg, and to notify the physician immediately for other symptoms of an attack. Be sure the patient understands all medications, including the dosage, route, action, and adverse effects.

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