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Dr. Melanie Richards
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Insulinoma (Overview)

An insulinoma is a tumor of the pancreas that secretes insulin. The beta cells in the pancrease (pancrelipase) secrete Insulin in response to high glucose levels in the blood. Since an insulinoma is a collection of abnormal cells, an insulinoma will produce Insulin regardless of the blood glucose levels and can cause profound hypoglycemia (low blood glucose levels).


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How does one get insulinoma?

How does one get insulinoma?

Random: There is no known cause to identify why someone would get the rare condition of an insulinoma. ...Read more

Dr. Melanie Richards
146 doctors shared insights

Insulinoma (Overview)

An insulinoma is a tumor of the pancreas that secretes insulin. The beta cells in the pancrease (pancrelipase) secrete Insulin in response to high glucose levels in the blood. Since an insulinoma is a collection of abnormal cells, an insulinoma will produce Insulin regardless of the blood glucose levels and can cause profound hypoglycemia (low blood glucose levels).


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What are the symptoms of insulinoma?

Several: Consistent low blood sugars, rapid weight gain, accumulation of skin tags in the armpit and groin areas are some of the symptoms. Small insulinomas may be hard to detect and may not be accompanied by obvious symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the tests for insulinoma?

What are the tests for insulinoma?

Ct and blood test : Ct and a blood glucose test. See nd endocrinologist. www.drlugo.com. ...Read more

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Are there treatment guidelines for insulinoma?

Are there treatment guidelines for insulinoma?

Yes: First is appropriate diagnosis. Make sure that the patient's blood sugar is repaetedly low and that they are not taking Insulin or other drugs. Next, scans may be useful for localizing the tumor. Only then - an experienced endocrine (or hepatopancreatobiliary) surgeon should remove it. These tumors are very rare, often hard to find, and you should go to a specialized center for surgery. ...Read more

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Could an insulinoma be used to cure diabetes?

Could an insulinoma be used to cure diabetes?

Won't work: Insulinomas are cruel tumors that are usually semi-malignant and pump insulin into the bloodstream, sickenng the person and forcing them to overeat. If a savvy physician makes the call, they can often be cured surgically. In type I diabetes, immunity destroys the normal islets and would destroy an insulinoma. In type II, one's resistant to insulin. Glad your own endocrine tumor was R'd. Good luck ...Read more

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My parents are worried about my health now that I have insulinoma. Why? Is it bad?

It's cancer!: Any type of cancer can understandably cause anxiety and fear within patients and their loved ones. The prognosis of insulinoma depends on the stage at which it was diagnosed, and how it is responding to therapy. Surgery can often be curative, but if discovered in a later stage, it can be very difficult to treat. ...Read more

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What is an insulinoma?

Pancreas tumor: Insulinoma is a rare tumor of the pancreas that produces excess insulin. Can cause severe hypoglycemia, confusion, convulsions, etc. Most all of these tumors are benign and are removed surgically. ...Read more

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How does one get insulinoma?

Random: There is no known cause to identify why someone would get the rare condition of an insulinoma. ...Read more

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What tests are there insulinoma?

Blood and imaging: Insulinoma is diagnosed with blood tests and imaging. Fasting levels of c-peptide, Insulin and glucose are done. Ct scan or MRI can determine if a pancreatic mass is present. Endoscopic ultrasound is also useful for imaging abd obtaining tissue for diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the tests for insulinoma?

Ct and blood test : Ct and a blood glucose test. See nd endocrinologist. www.drlugo.com. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of insulinoma?

Several: Consistent low blood sugars, rapid weight gain, accumulation of skin tags in the armpit and groin areas are some of the symptoms. Small insulinomas may be hard to detect and may not be accompanied by obvious symptoms. ...Read more

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What symptoms can insulinoma bring about?

Low glucose: Thses usually cause symptoms of hypoglycemi? It can lead to weakness, a feeling of passing out and even sudden bout of bad temper that all gets better with the ingestion of sugar. www.drlugo.com. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: insulinoma?

Insulinoma: An insulinoma is a tumor of the pancreas that secretes insulin. The beta cells in the pancrease (pancrelipase) secrete Insulin in response to high glucose levels in the blood. Since an insulinoma is a collection of abnormal cells, an insulinoma will produce Insulin regardless of the blood glucose levels and can cause profound hypoglycemia (low blood glucose levels). ...Read more

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I had insulinoma is there anybody else who had it or has it, and is fully recovered?

Most are cured: This is an uncommon tumor. 90% are benign and cured with surgery. The malignant ones are still very treatable and associated with long survivals. I can only make general comments about the usual insulinoma. ...Read more