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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Parminder Dhingra, M.D. [2]


Symptoms of carcinoid tumor include flushing, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, wheezing, and cough.


When evaluating a patient for carcinoid syndrome, you should take a detailed history of the presenting symptom (onset, duration, and progression), other associated symptoms, and a thorough past medical history review. Other specific areas of focus when obtaining the history are:


Carcinoid Syndrome

Common symptoms of carcinoid syndrome include:[1]

This constellation of symptoms is called carcinoid syndrome or (if acute) carcinoid crisis. Occasionally, hemorrhage or pressure effects of the tumor are the presenting symptoms.

Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor

Common symptoms of gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor include:[1]

Duodenal Carcinoid Tumor

Common symptoms of duodenal carcinoid tumor due to gastrin overproduction include:[1]

Jejunal and Ileal Carcinoid Tumor

Common symptoms of jejunal and ileal carcinoid tumor include:[1]

Colorectal carcinoid Tumor

Common symptoms of colorectal carcinoid tumor include:[1]

Lung Carcinoid Tumor

Common symptoms of lung carcinoid tumor include:[1]

Thymic Carcinoid

Thymic carcinoid causes Cushing syndrome as a result of adrenocorticotropic hormone secretion by the tumor. Common symptoms of Cushing syndrome include:[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Signs and symptoms of carcinoid syndrome. National Cancer Institute.
  2. Yudofsky, Stuart C. (2007). The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences (5th ed.). American Psychiatric Pub, Inc. ISBN 1585622397. Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (help)

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