Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

What is Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome?

Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (ZES) is a disease of the gastrointestinal system. It is a condition in which the body produces too much of the hormone gastrin.

People who have ZES develop tumors known as gastrinomas in the pancreas and duodenum.

Cause Of Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome:

Zollinger-Ellison syndrome is caused by tumors. These growths are commonly found in the head of the pancreas and the upper small intestine. The tumors are called gastrinomas

Gastrinomas occur as single tumors or several tumors. Generally, One-half to two-thirds of single gastrinomas are cancerous (malignant) tumors

Symptoms Of Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome:

Zollinger-Ellison syndrome is not always marked by symptoms. However, the following symptoms may occur:

Diagnosis Of Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome:

Suspicion of the presence of the disease may occur after observing the above mentioned symptoms.

Confirmed diagnosis may be made by doing the following tests and imaging studies:

Treatment Of Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome:

Treatment of Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome includes the treatment of the tumor and treatment of excess acid.

The tumor can be surgically removed or can be controlled through the following measures:

  1. Removing as much of a liver tumor as possible (debulking)
  2. Attempting to destroy the tumor by cutting off the blood supply (embolization) or by using heat to destroy cancer cells (radiofrequency ablation)
  3. Injecting drugs into the tumor to relieve cancer symptoms
  4. Using chemotherapy to try to slow tumor growth
  5. A liver transplant

Medications can be used, which include:

Complications From Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome:

Some common complications may include:

By : Natural Health News

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