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      Gastric Neuroendocrine Tumors

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          Gastric carcinoids are rare neuroendocrine tumors, usually classified as type I, if associated with atrophic body gastritis; type II, if associated with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and multiple endocrine neoplasia type I, and type III, in the absence of any gastric pathology (sporadic tumors). The pathological features, as well as the prognosis of the tumor and the patient’s survival strictly depend on this classification. The correct management of the patient with gastric carcinoid can only be proposed when the tumor has been classified by an accurate pathological and clinical evaluation of the patient. While the therapeutic approach in types I and II is based on a conservative strategy, including endoscopic resection, an adequate follow-up program, and the possible use of somatostatin analogues, an aggressive surgical approach is required in type III.

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          Gastric carcinoids and neuroendocrine carcinomas: pathogenesis, pathology, and behavior.

           S Rappel,  M Stolte,  C Bordi (1996)
          The goal of this study was to provide information of prognostic value for gastric endocrine tumors. A total of 205 gastric endocrine tumors have been studied: 193 well differentiated tumors [2 gastrin cell tumors, 191 enterochromaffin-like (ECL) cell tumors] and 12 poorly differentiated carcinomas. Subtyping of ECL cell tumors (carcinoids) resulted in 152 associated with chronic atrophic gastritis (CAG) (type 1); 12 associated with hypertrophic gastropathy (HG) due to Zollinger-Ellison syndrome with multiple endocrine neoplasia type I (type 2), and 27 with no specific association (type 3, sporadic). Type 1 cases occurred most often in female (108 of 152), elderly (mean 63 years) patients, with no tumor-related death at an overall mean follow-up of 53 months. The 12 type 2 cases were equally distributed between the sexes (six of each), with a mean age of 45 years; there was one tumor-related death (49 months after diagnosis) and an overall mean survival of 84 months. Type 3 cases were mostly in men (20 of 27), with a mean age of 55 years; there were seven tumor-related deaths at a mean follow-up of 28 months. Poorly differentiated neuroendocrine carcinomas were observed in elderly patients (mean 63 years, range 41-76 years) of both sexes, with nine tumor-related deaths and a mean survival of 7 months. It was concluded that correct clinicopathologic subtyping may predict the clinical behavior of gastric endocrine tumors.
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            Treatment of type II gastric carcinoid tumors with somatostatin analogues.

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              Endoscopic mucosal resection in the management of gastric carcinoid tumors.

               M Kida,  Y Kida,  K Saigenji (2003)
              Gastric carcinoid tumors are a rare disease. Previously, total gastrectomy was regarded as the treatment of choice. However, differences in biological malignancy have recently led to the increased use of endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) for treatment. We studied the outcome of EMR in patients with gastric carcinoids who were treated at our hospital and discuss the indications for endoscopic treatment. Between 1986 and 1999 we carried out gastric mucosal resection in five patients with gastric carcinoid tumors. The procedure used for EMR was either strip biopsy or endoscopic aspiration mucosectomy. The carcinoid tumors measured 10 mm or less in four of the five patients. Two patients had type A gastritis, and all had hypergastrinemia. There was no evidence of recurrence during follow-up (range 6 - 66 months; mean 32.6 months). EMR is useful in the management of type 1 gastric carcinoids as classified by Rindi (hypergastrinemia; tumor diameter of 10 mm or less).

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                S. Karger AG
                October 2004
                15 October 2004
                : 80
                : Suppl 1
                : 16-19
                Department of Digestive and Liver Disease, II School of Medicine, University ‘La Sapienza’, Rome, Italy
                80734 Neuroendocrinology 2004;80(suppl 1):16–19
                © 2004 S. Karger AG, Basel

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