Trophoblastic disease islet cell tumors
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People with an islet cell tumor may experience the following symptoms or signs. Sometimes, people with an islet cell tumor do not have any of these changes. Or, the cause of a symptom may be another medical condition that is not a tumor.
Symptoms of a gastrinoma
Ulcers, caused by too much stomach acid
Symptoms of an insulinoma
Hypoglycemia, which causes fatigue, nervousness and shakiness, dizziness or lightheadedness, seizures, and fainting episodes
Symptoms of a glucagonoma
Hyperglycemia, which causes frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger
Rash that spreads on the face, abdomen, or lower extremities
Symptoms of a VIPoma
Too little potassium in the blood, which can cause an irregular heartbeat, muscle cramping and weakness, and decreased reflexes
Too little acid in the stomach, which can cause digestive problems and poor absorption of vitamins and nutrients
Flushing or redness of the face, neck, or chest
Symptoms of a somatostatinoma
Type 2 diabetes
Steatorrhea, a condition where the body cannot absorb fat, causing oily and loose
stools with a particularly bad odor
Too little hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which can cause digestive problems and poor absorption of vitamins and nutrients
Jaundice, which is yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes
Rapid heart rate
Loss of consciousness
Clouding of vision
Unexplained weight gain or loss
Inflamed mouth and tongue
A mass or lump in the abdomen
If you are concerned about any changes you experience, please talk with your doctor. Your doctor will ask how long and how often you’ve been experiencing the symptom(s), in addition to other questions. This is to help find out the cause of the problem, called a diagnosis .
If a tumor is diagnosed, relieving symptoms remains an important part of your care. This may also be called symptom management, palliative care, or supportive care. Be sure to talk with your health care team about symptoms you experience, including any new symptoms or a change in symptoms.
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