Monday, January 30, 2012

Carcinoid syndrome - How it is diagnosed

Before your doctor can make a firm diagnosis of a carcinoid tumour a number of tests will have to be done.

Urine test When serotonin is broken down in the liver, it is excreted as a chemical called 5HIAA in the urine. Your urine will be collected over a 24-hour period to check whether there are raised levels of 5HIAA.

Blood tests may be taken to check serotonin levels.

The doctor may also carry out a number of tests to find out whether the cancer has spread.

X-rays and scans These may be taken to show if there has been any spread of the tumour.

Chest x-ray This will show whether there has been any spread to the lungs. Read more...

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