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VIPoma


Other Names for this Disease

  • Pancreatic VIPoma
  • Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) tumor
  • Vasoactive intestinal peptide-producing tumor
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Overview

VIPoma is a rare cancer that develops within the pancreas. This tumor causes pancreatic cells to produce high levels of a hormone called vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP). The signs and symptoms of a VIPoma include abdominal pain, flushing or redness of the face, nausea, watery diarrhea, weight loss, dehydration, and low blood potassium (hypokalemia). VIPomas are usually diagnosed in adults around age 50. The cause of VIPoma is unknown. Treatment may include intravenous (IV) fluids to correct dehydration, medications such as octreotide to help control diarrhea, and surgery to remove the tumor.[1]
Last updated: 3/8/2010

References

  1. Stitham SO. VIPoma. MedlinePlus Web site. September 4, 2008; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000228.htm. Accessed 3/8/2010.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Pancreatic VIPoma
  • Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) tumor
  • Vasoactive intestinal peptide-producing tumor
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.