Carcinoid Crisis

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 have had severe reactions, but I’m working through my episodes.
– Person with Carcinoid Syndrome

What causes carcinoid crisis?

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

Do you have a carcinoid crisis plan?
Work with your healthcare team to be prepared in case of an emergency.

Signs to look out for

Carcinoid crisis can seem similar to some allergic reactions. It is important to be aware of carcinoid crisis because it should not be treated the same way. While the symptoms of carcinoid crisis can vary, signs to look out for include:

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