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Pheochromocytoma is a very long word, even for someone who speaks "medical language." If you happen to be a fan of TV dramas involving young confused doctors, you may have heard the word a few times. It is made up of four parts: pheo-chromo-cyt-oma. If you are one of the few people who have had a personal experience or know someone who has been suspected of having or has actually had a pheochromocytoma, I hope that this article helps explain what this big word actually means to patients and their families.