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Carcinoid Crisis

What Is Carcinoid Crisis?

Carcinoid crisis is when all of your carcinoid syndrome symptoms occur at the same time, which can be serious and life threatening. It can occur suddenly or in association with stress, chemotherapy, or anesthesia.

“I hope to work through flare-ups... I have had severe reactions that are getting worse.”

Patient with carcinoid syndrome

Carcinoid crisis can resemble various allergic reactions. It is important to be aware of carcinoid crisis because it should not be treated the same way you would treat these.

How does carcinoid crisis occur?
Carcinoid crisis is associated with the release of hormones, particularly serotonin, from your tumor. The release of these hormones could be triggered by the tumor or by something else, like surgery or chemotherapy.

Signs of Carcinoid Crisis:

  • Sudden changes in blood pressure
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Wheezing and difficulty breathing
  • Flushing
  • High body temperature

Complete the Carcinoid Syndrome Impact Tool to see how your symptoms are affecting you, and get tips for managing carcinoid syndrome.