What is the anatomic distribution of carcinoid tumors?

Updated: Feb 12, 2019
  • Author: Cameron K Tebbi, MD; Chief Editor: Max J Coppes, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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Anatomic distribution

  • In general, carcinoid tumors are found in various locations, including the lungs, [42, 43] trachea, bronchus, [44] thymus, liver, rectum, appendix, midgut (with metastasis), prostate, ovaries, kidneys, [26] and testes. [51]

  • Approximately 80% of appendicial tumors are incidentally discovered during surgery for other indications, but some cause or coexist with acute appendicitis.


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