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What are the causes of carcinoid syndrome?

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Doctors don't know very much about what causes carcinoid tumors. You may be at greater risk if you:

  • Are African-American
  • Have a certain genetic syndrome
  • Have a condition that affects the stomach's ability to produce acid

Carcinoid syndrome results when a carcinoid tumor is advanced and releases large amounts of hormonal substances such as serotonin or other substances.

SOURCES:

The Carcinoid Cancer Foundation: "Newly Diagnosed: The Basics;" "Frequently Asked Questions;" "Treatment Options;" and "Nutritional Concern for the Carcinoid Patient."

National Cancer Institute: "Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors Treatment."

University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center: "Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors Treatment."

American Cancer Society: "Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors" and "Lung Carcinoid Tumor."

Oberg K. Williams Textbook of Endocrinology; 10th Ed., Saunders, 2003.

Medical College of Wisconsin: "Carcinoid Syndrome: Symptom Management."

Caring for Carcinoid Foundation: "Living Well With Carcinoid.

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Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on November 8, 2019

SOURCES:

The Carcinoid Cancer Foundation: "Newly Diagnosed: The Basics;" "Frequently Asked Questions;" "Treatment Options;" and "Nutritional Concern for the Carcinoid Patient."

National Cancer Institute: "Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors Treatment."

University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center: "Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors Treatment."

American Cancer Society: "Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors" and "Lung Carcinoid Tumor."

Oberg K. Williams Textbook of Endocrinology; 10th Ed., Saunders, 2003.

Medical College of Wisconsin: "Carcinoid Syndrome: Symptom Management."

Caring for Carcinoid Foundation: "Living Well With Carcinoid.

UpToDate.

merckmanuals.com

 

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on November 8, 2019

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