Recent Advances in the Diagnosis and Management of Carcinoid Syndrome

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Dis Mon. 2021 Dec 28:101304. doi: 10.1016/j.disamonth.2021.101304. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

Carcinoid syndrome, a paraneoplastic condition linked with the release of multiple humoral factors, affects around 30-40% of patients with well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumours. Carcinoid syndrome has a major and unfavourable impact on patients' quality of life; it raises costs when compared to non-functioning neuroendocrine tumours; and it causes patients' lifestyles to alter, such as food, job, physical activity, and social life. Somatostatin analogues have been the first-line therapy for individuals with neuroendocrine tumours and carcinoid disease for decades. While these drugs give considerable relief from carcinoid syndrome symptoms, clinical progression is unavoidable, necessitating further research into newer treatment measures. Carcinoid tumours are sometimes difficult to diagnose because of their vague or nonspecific symptoms. There have been several advancements in all aspects of carcinoid syndrome, as well as novel therapeutics, in the previous few years. New epidemiological studies show that it is becoming more common; increasing insights into the pathogenesis of its various clinical manifestations and its natural history: definition of prognostic factors; new methods to verify its presence; the development of new drugs to treat its various manifestations, both initially and in somatostatin-refractory cases; and an increased understanding of the pathogenesis, natural history, and management of the disease. An all language literature search was conducted on MEDLINE, COCHRANE, EMBASE, and Google Scholar till November 2021. The following search strings and Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) terms were used: "Recent advances", "Carcinoid syndrome", "Neuroendocrine Neoplasms" and "Carcinoid heart disease". We comprehensively reviewed the literature on the pathogenesis, clinical features, and newer treatment modalities for Carcinoid Syndrome. Recent advancements in research and management have resulted from advances in our understanding of the aetiology of carcinoid syndrome. The development of molecular indicators of aggressiveness improved serum tumour markers, and the molecular aetiology of carcinoid heart disease are all possible because of advances in molecular biology. We conducted a comprehensive review to update knowledge regarding the pathophysiology, diagnostic protocols, and current and newer treatments for carcinoid syndrome, which presently requires a multidisciplinary approach, due to the complexity of the illness's aetiology, diagnosis, and therapy.

PMID:34972546 | DOI:10.1016/j.disamonth.2021.101304

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