What is a carcinoid tumor?

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The first neuroendocrine tumor was recognized by a German pathologist by the name of Siegfried Oberndorfer, who in 1907 coined the term "carcinoid" or "carcinoma-like", recognizing the relatively slow malignant behavior of this unusual tumor compared to the more common cancer arising from the intestine. The term "carcinoid" tumor remains in common use today and refers to a tumor arising from enterochromaffin cells, which are neuroendocrine cells in the gastrointestinal tract. Carcinoids usually secrete vasoactive substances such as serotonin, histamine and others, which can occasionally cause symptoms of flushing and diarrhea (Carcinoid Syndrome).

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