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5 Facts you should know about

Carcinoid tumor

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Carcinoid tumors are of neuroendocrine origin and derived from primitive stem cells in the gut wall, especially the appendix

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The average age of people diagnosed with digestive or lung carcinoids is about 60

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In the intestinal tract, these tumors develop deep in the mucosa, growing slowly and extending into the underlying submucosa and mucosal surface

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The tumor may produce hormone-like substances that spread to the body and cause symptoms of carcinoid syndrome, such as flushing of the face and chest, and diarrhea

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The primary treatment is surgical removal

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