How does a carcinoid tumor affect the body?

An advanced carcinoid tumor consumes large quantities of tryptophan, an amino acid which is necessary to make niacin. Therefore, a carcinoid tumor can cause the body to have a deficiency of niacin which may result in the disease pellagra. Pellagra is marked by a scaly rash, diarrhea, and dementia. Carcinoid tumors may also lead to heart disease, ulcers, Cushing's syndrome, and sexual dysfunction.

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Brain Tumors

Brain Tumors

When irregular cells form a mass in the brain tissue, the result is a brain tumor. Some brain tumors are benign, while others become cancerous (malignant). Brain tumor symptoms range from headaches and seizures to loss of balance, ...

vision changes, confusion and memory loss. The tumor's size and location, as well as your age and health, play a large part in deciding a course of treatment. Learn more about diagnosing and treating brain tumors with expert advice from Sharecare.

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