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Insulinoma: a review of current management

Lookup NU author(s): Richard Bliss, Professor Thomas Lennard


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Insulinomas are a relatively rare tumour which occur predominantly in the pancreas, The majority of the tumours are benign, but have profound effects upon the patient, The diagnosis of insulinoma is often elusive, and the management may involve demanding surgery with a significant morbidity, In this review article, all clinical aspects of insulinomas are examined, Particular emphasis is placed on the myriad modes of presentation, and the methods used to localise the tumour pre-operatively. Medical, as well as surgical treatments are discussed and their role in the management of both malignant and benign tumours. Despite potential difficulties encountered in managing patients with this tumour, a large majority may be either cured or achieve useful palliation. (C) 1997 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Bliss RD, Carter PB, Lennard TWJ

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Surgical Oncology

Year: 1997

Volume: 6

Issue: 1

Pages: 49-59

Print publication date: 01/07/1997

ISSN (print): 0960-7404

ISSN (electronic): 1879-3320

DOI: 10.1016/S0960-7404(97)00004-2