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Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors

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  Malleshpalya, Bengaluru     Feb 13, 2017

   1 min     

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The gastrointestinal tract is an organ system within humans and animals which is responsible for the intake, digestion, and excretion of food. The organs associated with it are; the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, anus, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.

Gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors are a type of cancer that forms in the lining of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. They are tumors form from a type of neuroendocrine cell.  The neuroendocrine cell associated with Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors is a type of cell that is like a nerve cell and a hormone-making cell which are found in the GI tract. Neuroendocrine cells are the hormones making cells that control the digestive juices and the muscles used in moving food through the stomach and intestines. A GI carcinoid tumor may also make hormones and release them into the body.

Signs and Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors

There are no signs and symptoms of Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors in the early stages but the later stages of this tumor show symptoms depending on the location of it in the organ. They are:

Jejunum and ileum

  • Abdominal pain.
  • Weight loss for no known reason.
  • Feeling very tired.
  • Feeling bloated
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.

Duodenum

  • Abdominal pain.
  • Constipation.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Change in stool colour and texture.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes).
  • Heartburn.

Colon

  • Abdominal pain.
  • Weight loss for no known reason.

Rectum

  • Blood in the stool.
  • Pain in the rectum.
  • Constipation.
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