Description: Diagnose carcinoid syndrome. The classical syndrome includes flushing and vasomotor instability, diarrhea, hepatomegaly, and endocardial lesions. Ectopic production may occur from oat cell carcinomas of lung, islet cell tumors of pancreas, and medullary carcinoma of the thyroid. Carcinoid tumors occur in multiple endocrine neoplasia, types I or II.
Significant deviations from the normal range may require further evaluation by your physician.
Patient Instructions: Patient should avoid food high in indoles: Avocado, banana, tomato, plum, walnut, pineapple, and eggplant. Patient should also avoid tobacco, tea and coffee three days prior to specimen collection.
Estimated turnaround for results is 6 business days.