Author(s): Cellier C, Yaghi C, Cuillerier E, Siauve N, Berger A,
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Abstract The VIPoma syndrome is rare. It is usually caused by a neuroendocrine tumor located in the pancreas. Somatostatin analogs and interferon-a can be helpful in the symptomatic control of the disease, but the efficacy of chemotherapy in metastatic disease is limited. We report the case of a 32-yr-old patient who had a primary intestinal VIPoma with peritoneal carcinomatosis and hepatic metastases. Somatostatin analogs and conventional chemotherapy regimens were not effective on VIPoma syndrome and tumor progression. The combination of 5- fluorouracil and interferon-alpha was associated with a major clinical improvement and tumor regression. Further investigations should evaluate the place of such a combination as a first line treatment for patients with metastatic neuroendocrine tumors.
This article was published in Am J Gastroenterol
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Case Reports