(Z-E Syndrome; Gastrinoma)
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- Your or family members with MEN 1
- History of endocrine disorders
- Recurrent peptic ulcers
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Weight loss
- Blood in the vomit or stool
- Blood tests—specifically to look for elevated levels of the hormone gastrin or evidence of MEN 1
- Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy—a flexible tube with a light and camera is inserted down the throat and into the stomach and intestine to look for ulcers
Surgical Removal of Tumor
Medications for Ulcers
- Proton pump inhibitors
- H-2 blockers
- Somatostatin analogs to control tumor growth
- Chemotherapy may be used in those who have rapidly growing tumors or for tumors that can't be removed
American Gastroenterological Association http://www.gastro.org
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov
The Canadian Association of Gastroenterology http://www.cag-acg.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated March 5, 2013. Accessed August 1, 2013.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 05/11/2013 -
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