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Dr. Murthy Andavolu
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Carcinoid (Overview)

Carcinoid refers to neuroendocrine tumors originating in gastrointestinal (GI) tract, lungs and appendix. They are usually indolent developing over many years. Aggressive, fast-growing forms such SCLC known as Oat Cell Ca of lung represents neuroendocrine carcinoma that exhibits rapid growth and early spread to distant sites. They are sensitive to chemo and RT,


Dr. Murthy Andavolu
129 doctors shared insights

Carcinoid (Overview)

Carcinoid refers to neuroendocrine tumors originating in gastrointestinal (GI) tract, lungs and appendix. They are usually indolent developing over many years. Aggressive, fast-growing forms such SCLC known as Oat Cell Ca of lung represents neuroendocrine carcinoma that exhibits rapid growth and early spread to distant sites. They are sensitive to chemo and RT,


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What is carcinoid, and what symptoms does it give you?

What is carcinoid, and what symptoms does it give you?

Carcinoid: It is a tumor, frequently arising in the intestine and may metastasize to the abdominal cavity, liver and lungs. It's associated with carcinoid syndrome-flushing, redness, and diarrhea. In very early stages, carcinoid can be cured with surgery. However, it frequently recurs.. Medications can help with carcinoid syndrome symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of carcinoid tumors I should be looking for?

Carcinoid tumor: Carcinoid tumors can be found in several places in the intestines. They do not cause symptoms unless the liver is affected. Carcinoid syndrome can be associated with flushing, increase in blood pressure, irregular heart beat, etc. If a carcinoid is located with a bowel lumen it can cause blockage. Carcinoids can spread directly to other areas. Usually not by blood stream. ...Read more

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What is a carcinoid flush?

What is a carcinoid flush?

Vasodilation: Flushing is due to the release of peptides into the circulation that cause dilation of blood vessels. It is characteristic of carcinoid syndrome and can be very unsettling for the patient. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have the separate diagnoses of carcinoid syndrome and sarcoidosis at the same time?

Is it possible to have the separate diagnoses of carcinoid syndrome and sarcoidosis at the same time?

Yes: These are two separate diseases. Carcionoid syndrome is flushing and diarrhea associated with a carcinoid tumor and sarcoidosis is a disorder in which the body makes granulomas, typically in e lungs. ...Read more

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If my 5-hiaa 24 hour ursine test comes back positive does that 100% mean there is a carcinoid tumour somewhere?

Possibly: But nothing is certain. There may be other explanations, but the best thing you can do is to continue listening to the doctor who has ordered these tests. They obviously know what they are doing and you are fortunate to have an excellent physician caring for you. ...Read more

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What are the tests for carcinoid tumors?

Biopsy: Confirmation of diagnosis is via a biopsy; other tests include blood tests (blood counts, chemistries, serotonin, chromogranin), urine tests (for 5hiaa) as well as ct scans and octreotide scans. ...Read more

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Surely, a thoracic surgeon must know if a round spot is a lung nodule, carcinoid or a coin lesion by looking at pet, CT and x-rays. Yes or no?

Surely, a thoracic surgeon must know if a round spot is a lung nodule, carcinoid or a coin lesion by looking at pet, CT and x-rays. Yes or no?

Pathology specimen: The pathologist makes the diagnosis with the microscopic exam of a piece of the lesion. Even then, it can be challenging to get diagnosis. So the answer to your question is no. Stay with your thoracic surgeon, get your follow up exams, stop nicotine if you have that addiction. Ok to go for a second opinion. Take a friend with you and don't be surprised if you get same answer. ...Read more

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Can carcinoid tumors cause carcinoid crises with clonoscopy&endoscopy anesthesia?I have elavated serotonin;constipation,heat in neck&head;night diahri

Unlikely: Carcinoid crisis is a possible complication in someone who has a carcinoid tumor. You don't say if you have been diagnosed with Carcinoid. General anesthesia can trigger carcinoid crisis in such patients, but the "conscious sedation" used for most diagnostic procedures such as colonoscopy or endoscopy would be unlikely to do so. Have you done a 24 hr urine 5-HIAA? ...Read more

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I have very high serotonin levels. Does this automatically mean carcinoid tumor?

I have very high serotonin levels. Does this automatically mean carcinoid tumor?

No: There is a list of foods and medications that can cause this test to be falsely elevated. The list includes: bananas walnuts plantains hickory nuts pineapple pecans kiwi fruit avocados plums tomatoes eggplant talk to your doctor to discuss the results, and bring a comprehensive list of all your recent medications. ...Read more

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