What are carcinoid tumors?

Updated: Feb 12, 2019
  • Author: Cameron K Tebbi, MD; Chief Editor: Max J Coppes, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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Carcinoid tumors are of neuroendocrine origin and derived from primitive stem cells in the gut wall, but they can be seen in other organs, [5] including the lungs, [6] mediastinum, thymus, [7] liver, pancreas, bronchus, ovaries, [12] prostate, [13] and kidneys [26] (see the image below). While carcinoid tumors have a tendency to grow slowly, have a high potential for metastasis.

Distribution of carcinoid tumors. Distribution of carcinoid tumors.

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