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Journal:   INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM (IJEM)   SPRING 2013 , Volume 11 , Number 2; Page(s) 120 To 125.
 
Paper: 

METASTATIC CARCINOID TUMOR PRESENTING AS RIGHT SIDED HEART FAILURE

 
 
Author(s):  MARTINEZ QUINTANA EFREN*, AVILA GONZALEZ MARIA DEL MAR, SUAREZ CASTELLANO LAURA, RODRIGUEZ GONZALEZ FAYNA
 
* COMPLEJO HOSPITALARIO UNIVERSITARIO INSULAR-MATERNO INFANTIL. AVDA. MAR?TIMA DEL SUR S/N. 35016 LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA, SPAIN
 
Abstract: 

Carcinoid tumor is a slow-growing type of neuroendocrine tumor, originating in the enterochromaffin cells and secreting mainly serotonin.
The diagnosis is based on clinical symptoms, hormone levels, radiological and nuclear imaging, and histological confirmation. The clinical symptoms are characterized by flushing, diarrhea, abdominal pain, telangiectasia and/or bronchoconstriction. However, most patients have metastatic disease at diagnosis because the clinic goes unnoticed or are ascribed to other abdominal conditions. We report the clinical symptoms, hormone levels, radiological and nuclear imaging, histological diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of a 44-year-old female patient with congestive heart failure secondary to carcinoid heart disease in the context of liver metastases of an ileum carcinoid tumor.

 
Keyword(s): CARCINOID, NEUROENDOCRINE, HEART FAILURE, TRICUSPIDE VALVE, SEROTONIN, OCTREOTIDE
 
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