Glucagonoma is a rare type of endocrine pancreatic tumor. This means it is a cancer of the glandular endocrine cells of the pancreas rather than the exocrine digestion-related pancreas cells.
A "glucagonoma" is a cancer that produces too much production of a
hormone called glucagon, which does reduce insulin production.
Hence, glucagonoma can interfere with insulin and can give
the appearance of diabetes mellitus. However, the effects of too
much glucagon are not identical to having too little insulin.
Ganda  reports that 70-80% of glucagonoma patients have glucose intolerance.
However, most are mild to moderate imbalances,
making the symptoms similar to IGT or mild Type 2 diabetes. ...more »
Symptoms of Glucagonoma
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Treatments for Glucagonoma
- Medical stabilization of specific symptoms of hormone oversectretion eg hypoglycaemia, diarrhea
- Somatastatin analogs - for management of symptoms of all pancreatic endocrine tumors apart from somatastatinoma
- Surgical resection of tumor
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Diagnostic Tests for Glucagonoma
- Serum glucagon
- Pancreas islet cell imaging
- Pancreas islet cell biopsy
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Causes of Glucagonoma
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Misdiagnosis and Glucagonoma
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Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely
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Prognosis for Glucagonoma
Prognosis for Glucagonoma:
survival for 15 years is common
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Definitions of Glucagonoma:
A glucagon-secreting tumor of the pancreatic alpha cells that may be associated with necrolytic erythema migrans, diarrhea, diabetes, glossitis, weight loss, malabsorption, and anemia. Approximately 75% of these tumors are malignant. Almost 25% of patients experience thromboembolic complications; 50% have liver metastases at the time of diagnosis. Also known as glucagonoma. --2004
- (Source - Diseases Database)
Glucagonoma is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of
Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). This means that Glucagonoma, or a subtype of Glucagonoma,
affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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