Recent Advances in the Management of Islet Cell Tumors

  • Paul N. Maton
Part of the Topics in Gastroenterology book series (TGEN)


Islet cell tumors are relatively rare. They can occur as a sporadic disease and most of them have also been described as part of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1. One of the best available estimates of frequency of the occurrence of these tumors comes from Ireland where the incidence of insulinomas is 0.9 case per million per year, gastrinomas 0.4 cases, and all other islet cell tumors less than 0.2 case per million per year.1 Islet cell tumors are usually described as slow growing and some patients with extensive metastatic disease live for many years. Nevertheless, many of these tumors release biologically active products into the circulation that can produce symptoms out of all proportion to tumor bulk. Indeed, these symptoms may be life threatening in a patient who otherwise has a relatively good prognosis from the point of view of tumor growth and spread. Conversely, the abolition of paraneoplastic symptoms can leave the patient feeling well despite the presence of a considerable tumor burden.


Gastric Acid Secretion Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type Islet Cell Tumor Growth Hormone Release Factor Plasma Gastrin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul N. Maton
    • 1
  1. 1.Digestive Diseases Branch, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney DiseasesNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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