Is fluid buildup caused by the carcinoid tumors?
It sounds like you are describing ascites, the accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity. This is not exclusive for carcinoid disease but can occur in many conditions such as cirrhosis of the liver, heart failure, any widespread intra-abdominal …READ MORE
Has any treatment been effective in reducing severe edema associated with a carcinoid of the liver?
There are many possible causes of edema in association with carcinoid involving the liver. These include: low serum albumin due to carcinoid impairing the liver’s synthetic function, impaired liver function due to chemotherapy, interference…READ MORE
Can the hormones or chemicals released by a carcinoid stimulate the thyroid gland to produce more T3 & T4 the way TSH does?
Serotonin and the other usual products of carcinoids do not stimulate the thyroid or the adrenal glands. However, on rare occasions a carcinoid can co-produce other hormonal substances in addition to serotonin and chromogranin A. These could be TSH …READ MORE
When someone says diarrhea in relationship to carcinoid is that soft bowels or runny, liquid bowels?
Diarrhea is defined as an increase in volume and /or frequency of stools. The consistency need not be loose, though it often is.…READ MORE
What is carcinoid flushing?
Carcinoid flush means experiencing a usually abrupt feeling of heat in the face which turns red in appearance. Sometimes, in women, the episodes are confused with hot flashes of menopause which unlike carcinoid flush often are accompanied by hot or cold…READ MORE
What are the main features of carcinoid syndrome?
Flushing and diarrhea. A carcinoid tumor somewhere in the body, which has spread to the liver, produces serotonin, chromogranin A and other substances and usually results in excretion in the urine of increased amounts of 5-HIAA, the breakdown product…READ MORE
What do I say to get my doctor to run the 5-HIAA test as I have been diagnosed with carcinoid?
Simply tell your doctor you have read of the urine 5-HIAA as a measure of carcinoid tumor function and you want it done.…READ MORE
What is short bowel syndrome?
Short bowel syndrome is a group of problems affecting people who have had half or more of their small intestine removed. It is characterized by malabsorption due to loss of small intestinal surface area. The degree and type of resulting nutritional deficiencies…READ MORE