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What is carcinoid syndrome? Can a 24 hour urine test diagnosis it?

What is carcinoid syndrome? Can a 24 hour urine test diagnosis it?

It is well known med: A well known medical condition, it is caused by carcinoid tumors, mostly found in the abdomen. It consists of repeated flushing of the skin which can turn you into red beet like skin especially on your face. Most people also have frequent diarrhea along with the episodes of flushing. These are slow growing tumors and can go on for many years. ...Read more

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Dr. Murthy Andavolu
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Carcinoid (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What is carcinoid syndrome?

What is carcinoid syndrome?

Episodes of Flushing: It is a complex of symptoms caused by carcinoid tumors once they have spread into the liver. Most patients experience hot flashes and diarrhea because the tumor produced excess of chemicals like serotonin. ...Read more

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I am being tested for carcinoid syndrome. How?

I am being tested for carcinoid syndrome. How?

Imaging too: If the blood and urine tests suggest carcinoid, a pet scan is the next best test to try to localize the tumor. Octreotide scanning does not have great resolution. There are newer imaging studies available at select centers. These scans use a higher resolution marker to better see small volume disease. This can help us understand extent of disease and symptoms better. ...Read more

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What to do if you possible have carcinoid syndrome?

What to do if you possible have carcinoid syndrome?

Confirm: First you have to confirm the diagnosis. If diagnosis made, then the extent of disease needs to be evaluated. If limited and no symptoms, there is nothing to do. If there is extensive disease, then either systemic therapy alone or along with surgical intervention. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the rate of survival for carcinoid syndrome?

Years: It is almost always in years, depending on the extent of disease. It is a wide range, anywhere from a year and a half to 12-15 years. ...Read more

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Any cure for carcinoid syndrome?

Yes, sometimes: Carcinoid syndrome is a symptom of a carcinoid tumor. If found early, carcinoid tumors can be removed surgically, and sometimes cured by surgery. If it cannot be cured, other treatments are given, both to slow the growth and to control the symptoms. ...Read more

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Could this carcinoid syndrome if any type of tumors?

Restate question: Hello huzefafn8. Can you restate your question? In the current form it is not understandable. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for carcinoid syndrome?

What is the treatment for carcinoid syndrome?

Multidisciplinary: Tratment is multidisciplinary between surgeons, medical oncologists and intervention radiologists often. The goal is symptom control with medications or surgery or tumor ablation. Medications such as octreotide control diarrhea, flushing, rash, etc. Tumor control is achieved by surgery or tumor ablation or regional chemothearpy. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for carcinoid syndrome?

What is the survival rate for carcinoid syndrome?

Depends on stage: Carcinoid syndrome is different than having a carcinoid tumor. The syndrome is caused by the tumor secreting a hormone (serotonin) which can cause flushing, heart palptitations, and diarrhea. Can get carcinoid tumors in the tracheobronchial tree and gastrointestinal ttact. Survival depends on whether the tumor can be removed, and whether it has read to other organs. ...Read more

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What's the survival rate for someone with carcinoid syndrome?

Quite long usually: Of all the variants of neuroendocrine cancer, carcinoid is usually very slow growing and we measure life expectancy in years to decades of life. This does not however mean that they do not produce quality of life limiting symptoms for patients with carcinoid syndrome. The syndrome can lead to malabsorption and its associated nutritional consequences as well as valvular disease of the heart. ...Read more

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What kind of food should one stay away from if diagnosed with carcinoid syndrome?

What kind of food should one stay away from if diagnosed with carcinoid syndrome?

Avoid tyramine: Alcohol, aged cheeses, avocado, and processed foods containing tyramine may increase symptoms such as flushing, wheezing and diarrhea. Avoid them! ...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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Possible carcinoid syndrome? I have some lumps in my skin.

Possible carcinoid syndrome? I have some lumps in my skin.

Highly doubtful.: There are so many causes of "lumps" -- carcinoid would be way down on the list, and you would have other symptoms, such as severe flushing. ...Read more

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Do doctors recommend that an octreoscan be done for carcinoid syndrome?

Yes: An octreotide scan or octreoscan is a type of scintigraphy used to define metastatic carcinoid lesions. Octreotide, is a drug similar to somatostatin. It is radiolabeled with indium-111 to seek out the carcinoid lesions and is then delivered intravenously. Radioactive octreotide attaches to tumor cells that have receptors for somatostatin and releases a radioactive signal that can be detected ...Read more

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I would like to speak to someone about getting tested for carcinoid syndrome.

I can help you!: Send us your medical history indicating where your Carcinoid tumor/s is located and if it is producing symptoms of Carcinoid syndrome which included Facial flashing and Diarrhea. The results of an imaging test such as a CT scan of the chest /Abdomen can help us decide if and when you may need active treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Carcinoid Syndrome (Definition)

Carcinoid sydrome includes flushing and diarrhea.It usually occurs due to the secretion of serotonin ...Read more