Gastrointestinal tract carcinoid tumor

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Diffuse abdominal pain and weight loss.

Patient Data

Age: 60
Gender: Male

CT Abdomen and pelvis

The main finding is a prominent, spiculated nodal mass at the root of the mesentery. There is also focal nodular thickening of small intestine wall. 

Annotated image

Arrows indicate the lesions previously described.

Case Discussion

Carcinoid tumors are neuroendocrine neoplasms of diffuse cellular system, and nowadays the term neuroendocrine tumor has been proposed for this entity 1

Diagnosis is made at the mean age of 50 years.  The most frequent locations of carcinoid tumors are the gastrointestinal tract (73.7%) and respiratory system (25.1%) 1.

The involvement of lymph nodes in small bowel carcinoid tumors occurs frequently, even for lesions smaller than 1 cm.

This case was pathologically proven.

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Case information

rID: 19593
Published: 27th Sep 2012
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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