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A 52-year-old female asked:

Can small cell lung cancer cause malabsorption through zolinger ellison syndrome. would this be a presenting sign of sclc before it shows on ct scan?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Uncommon: Most Zollinger-Ellison / gastrinoma are from islet cell tumors of the foregut. Oat cell carcinoma can produce other paraneoplastic syndromes, famously the anti-nerve cell ones, before being visible on chest ray, but it announces itself fast enough. And what are you going to without a localized tumor? Take out both lungs? Look for some other cause for any suggestive symptoms. Good question Gill.
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A 49-year-old male asked:

Is it feasible to have had small cell lung cancer causing malabsorption for 1 year but not show on CT scan.

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
No: Although a negative CT does not guarantee that you are totally free of cancer cells, your malabsorption has nothing to do with the cancer. If you have received radiation for the condition, then that Rx might potentially though unlikely lead to GI changes.
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Last updated Jun 21, 2016


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