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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 113-116

Gastrointestinal Carcinoids: Three contrasting presentations as surgical emergencies

Department of General Surgery, Kamineni Academy of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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Dr. S Yerrapragada
Kamineni Academy of Medical Sciences and Research Center, LB Nagar, Hyderabad - 500 068, Telangana
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-9596.158827

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Carcinoids are neuroendocrine tumors and can be present anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract. These malignant tumors have relatively good prognosis after surgical resection when compared to other tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. Patients usually present with vague abdominal pain. Other rare presentations include intestinal obstruction, upper gastrointestinal bleed as hematemesis or malena, intestinal perforation, and carcinoid syndrome. Incidental finding on histopathology is another form of clinical presentation. We report three cases of carcinoid tumors of gastrointestinal tract which presented as different surgical emergencies namely, hematemesis, intra-abdominal abscess, and intestinal obstruction. Their clinical presentation, investigations, and treatment are hereby presented. Prompt evaluation and surgical intervention resulted in a good outcome.

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