Carcinoid syndrome

W hat is Carcinoid syndrome?

Carcinoid syndrome is a possible complication of gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (GEP-NETs) if they spread to the liver.

Carcinoid syndrome is a set of symptoms that can sometimes develop if:1

a) you have a GEP-NET that has spread (metastasised) to the liver AND
b) it is producing too much of the hormone serotonin

About 1 in 10 people with GEP-NETs develop carcinoid syndrome.2
The main symptoms of carcinoid syndrome are:2,3

  • Hot, red flushing of the skin
  • Diarrhoea

Other symptoms of carcinoid syndrome are shown here:2,4

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REFERENCES:

  1. NHS. Carcinoid syndrome. Available at:
    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/carcinoid-syndrome Last accessed September 2020.
  2. NORD. Carcinoid syndrome. Available at:
    https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/carcinoid-syndrome/ Last accessed October 2020.
  3. Patient.info. Carcinoid tumours. Available at:
    https://patient.info/doctor/carcinoid-tumours#nav-5 Last accessed September 2020.
  4. NHS. Hypotension. Available at:
    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/low-blood-pressure-hypotension Last accessed October 2020.