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Is a biopsy necessary to diagnose a carcinoid tumor?

A biopsy is not usually necessary to diagnose a carcinoid tumor. A review of symptoms and a urine test can usually diagnose the presence of a carcinoid tumor. However, these tumors are often small, and it can be difficult to find them. CT scans, MRI tests, and x-rays using an injection of dye may be used, but exploratory surgery may be necessary. If a mass is found, an excisional biopsy may be performed to remove the tumor and analyze it.
Ajay K. Sahajpal, MD
Transplant Surgery
No. A biopsy is not necessary in general to diagnose a carcinoid tumor. A thorough history and physical with special labs/urine tests and biochemical testing for hormones and radiographic imaging is typically adequate to make the diagnosis.

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