Carcinoid syndrome

Carcinoid syndrome is the name given to a collection of symptoms some people get when a neuroendocrine tumour releases hormones into the bloodstream.

The tumour usually grows very slowly and is most often found in the bowel. However if it spreads to the liver it releases hormones in to the bloodstream causing carcinoid syndrome. 

Symptoms include:

  • flushing of the skin - particularly the face and neck
  • diarrhoea, tummy pain and loss of appetite
  • fast heart rate
  • breathlessness and wheezing