Introduction: Zollinger-Ellison syndrome


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Zollinger-Ellison syndrome: Rare syndrome with multiple digestive or pancreas tumors.

Zollinger-Ellison syndrome: Zollinger-Ellison syndrome is a rare disorder that causes tumors in the pancreas and duodenum and ulcers in the stomach and duodenum. The pancreas is a gland located behind the stomach. It produces enzymes that break down fat, protein, and carbohydrates from food, and hormones like insulin that break down sugar. The duodenum is the top part of the small intestine.

The tumors are cancerous in 50 percent of cases. They secrete a substance called gastrin that causes the stomach to produce too much acid, which in turn causes the stomach and duodenal ulcers (peptic ulcers). The ulcers caused by Zollinger-Ellison syndrome are more painful and less responsive to treatment than ordinary peptic ulcers. 1

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1. excerpt from Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome: NIDDK

Last revision: June 26, 2003

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