What is a Neuroendocrine Tumor?

Neuroendocrine tumors are neoplasic lesions that arise in this system evenly distributed throughout the human body, and may originate in endocrine glands as a whole (hypophysis, parathyroid, adrenals), from other structural elements in these same endocrine glands (thyroid, pancreas), and from exocrine cells in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract. Neuroendocrine tumors are slow growing lesions,…

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Background and Types of Gastric Carcinoid Tumors

Gastric carcinoid tumors represent 4% of all gastrointestinal (GI) neuroendocrine tumors, and the incidence of these tumors has been reported to be increasing. The percentage of gastric carcinoids in relation to all gastric neoplasms has also increased, from 0.4% to 1.8%. It remains unclear if these trends represent a true increase in incidence of this…

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