oa Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Carcinoid syndrome

Volume 5, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1995-1892
  • E-ISSN: 1680-0745



A 60-year-old woman with tricuspid and pulmonary regurgitation occurring in association with carcinoid syndrome is reported. The carcinoid tumour was localised to a dermoid cyst of the ovary and was successfully removed at surgery. Diarrhoea, palpitations and elevated 5-hydroxy-indole acetic acid (5HIAA) levels, present at the time of presentation, regressed following tumour resection. Echocardiography showed the tricuspid and pulmonary valves to have thickened cusps held permanently in the open position.

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