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Diagnosing Carcinoid Syndrome

Everyone has a little stomach pain every now and then. But when your symptoms are persistent and ongoing, you may sense that your gut is trying to tell you something. While there are a handful of well-known gastrointestinal conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s disease, there are others that aren’t as well-discussed. These include carcinoid tumors and metastatic carcinoid syndrome (MCT). The signs and symptoms of carcinoid tumors are similar to the other, better known GI conditions. As a result, a majority of patients don’t get a correct diagnosis until five or seven years after they bring up their symptoms with their primary care doctor. Being diagnosed this late can cause serious problems, leading to numerous complications down the road. Taking charge and asking the right kinds of questions can be key in getting a proper – and early – diagnosis. Take a look at these articles to find out more about carcinoid syndrome, and what you should be asking your doctor.