A systematic review of diagnostic procedures to detect midgut neuroendocrine tumors

Marco Scarpa, Daniela Prando, Anna Pozza, Elisa Degli Esposti, Carlo Castoro, Imerio Angriman

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Abstract

The aim of this work was to assess the diagnostic yield of some clinical diagnostic procedures utilized to establish a diagnosis of midgut neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). Medical databases published between 1982 and 2007 were analyzed. Seventeen observational studies, including 629 patients, met the inclusion criteria. Urinary 5-HIAA is the first test to prescribe in patients with flushing or persistent, unexplained diarrhea. Abdominal CT scan and OctreoScan should be prescribed whenever NET is suspected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)877-888
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Surgical Oncology
Volume102
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2010

Keywords

  • 5-HIAA
  • computed tomography
  • endoscopy
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • neuroendocrine tumors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology

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