Flow cytometric DNA analysis was performed on 19 adrenal pheochromocytomas and 6 extra-adrenal paragangliomas in parallel with clinical and histopathological review to determine the usefulness of this technique to predict biologic behavior of these tumors. In pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas, tetraploidy or near-tetraploidy occurred in 32% and 33% and aneuploidy in 10% and none respectively. A case of malignant pheochromocytoma had diploid DNA content. Occurrence of aneuploidy or tetraploidy is frequent in clinically benign tumors in conjunction with a marked degree of nuclear atypia and cannot be a predictor of malignancy.
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