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Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 137–139 | Cite as

Tryptophan in the treatment of carcinoid crisis

  • Adrian L. Harris
  • Ian E. Smith
Letter to the Editor Carcinoid Tryptophan

Summary

A 56-year-old woman was admitted with carcinoid crisis and became comatose. Blood tryptophan at this stage was 5 μg/ml; after treatment with 3.4 g tryptophan daily her level of consciousness improved and blood tryptophan increased to 10 μg/ml. The carcinoid syndrome was not exacerbated by tryptophan. Tryptophan may have a supportive role in the management of carcinoid crisis.

Keywords

Cancer Research Tryptophan Supportive Role Carcinoid Syndrome Carcinoid Crisis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adrian L. Harris
    • 1
  • Ian E. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal Marsden HospitalLondonEngland

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