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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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ZUNIGA MONGE, Daniel. Tumores neuroendocrinos gastrointestinales. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2013, vol.30, n.1, pp.89-98. ISSN 2215-5287.

Gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors (TNEG), also called gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors, are neoplasms arising from neuroendocrine cells. They may form all around the gastrointestinal system, being the ileum the most common place of origin. Its form of onset is sporadic or associated with familial syndromes such as von Hippel Lindau and neurofibromatosis. TNEG are mostly diagnosed when the tumor has already invaded lymph nodes or distant organs, being an example of this the carcinoid syndrome; which develops as a manifestation of hepatic invasion. Surgery is the only curative treatment.

Keywords : Gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors; carcinoid syndrome; surgery..

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