VIPoma

Alternative Names

Vasoactive intestinal peptide-producing tumor; Pancreatic endocrine tumor

Definition of VIPoma

VIPoma is a very rare type of cancer that usually grows from certain cells in the pancreas.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

VIPoma causes cells in the pancreas to produce high levels of a hormone called vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP). This hormone increases secretions from the intestines and relaxes some of the smooth muscles in the GI system.

Signs and tests

Signs may include:

Treatment

The first goal of treatment is to correct dehydration. Fluids are often given through a vein (intravenous fluids) to replace fluids lost in diarrhea.

Expectations (prognosis)

Surgery can usually cure VIPomas. However, in one-third to one-half of patients, the tumors have spread by the time of diagnosis and are not curable.

Review

Sean O. Stitham, MD, private practice in Internal Medicine, Seattle, Washington; and James R. Mason, MD, Oncologist, Director, Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program and Stem Cell Processing Lab, Scripps Clinic, Torrey Pines, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 9/4/2008

Pancreas

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