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Monday, May 16, 2016

Is it ADHD or Cancer? Rare Conditions Mimic ADHD

NIH researchers have discovered that two rare cancer tumors, pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas, may initially present as (appear to be) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD in some children.

If misdiagnosed as ADHD the cancers would go untreated and the children would probably be put on powerful medications (amphetamine (A.K.A. Speed) , dextroamphetamine or methylphenidate) which are powerful nervous system stimulants having some serious side effects.

The study from January 2006 through May 2014 involved 43 children which had the particular cancerous tumors. Of those 43, nine, or 21 percent had erroneously been diagnosed with and treated for ADHD before the cancers were discovered.

Removing the tumors stopped the ADHD-like symptoms and it is now thought that the high blood pressure which is sometimes experienced by children treated for ADHD with “speed” and related compounds, may be an early indicator that the underlying problem is actually a cancer.

The study, which was published in Hormone and Metabolic Research, was conducted under the guidance of “Maya Lodish, M.D., pediatric endocrinologist in the Division of Intramural Research at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.”

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