What are the guidelines on the treatment of pancreatic glucagonomas?

Updated: Dec 23, 2018
  • Author: Evan S Ong, MD, MS; more...
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Recommendations for glucagonoma treatment include the following:

  • Stabilize glucose levels with IV fluids; treat hyperglycemia and diabetes

  • Tumors located in the head of the pancreas: Pancreatectomy with resection of peripancreatic lymph nodes

  • Distal tumors: Distal pancreatectomy with splenectomy and resection of peripancreatic lymph nodes

  • Consider perioperative anticoagulation due to increased risk of pulmonary emboli


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