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Cellular Classification of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (Islet Cell Tumors)

    Table 1. Endocrine Tumors of the Pancreas

    Islet CellsSecreted Active AgentTumor and Syndrome
    ACTH = adrenocorticotropin; MSH = melanocyte-stimulating hormone; VIP = vasoactive intestinal peptide; WDHA = watery diarrhea, hypokalemia, and achlorhydria; 5-HT = serotonin.
    AlphaGlucagonGlucagonoma (diabetes, dermatitis)
    BetaInsulinInsulinoma (hypoglycemia)
    DeltaSomatostatinSomatostatinoma (mild diabetes); diarrhea/steatorrhea; gallstones
    DGastrinGastrinoma (peptic ulcer disease)
    A -> DVIP and/or other undefined mediatorsWDHA
    Cushing syndrome
    Interacinar CellsSecreted Active AgentTumor and Syndrome
    FPancreatic polypeptideMultiple hormonal syndromes

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      Last Updated: February 25, 2014
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