Other Names for this Disease
- Diarrheogenic islet cell tumor
- Pancreatic cholera
- Pancreatic VIPoma
- Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) tumor
- Vasoactive intestinal peptide-producing tumor
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.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,
Last updated: 3/8/2010
- 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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