Understanding medical terms

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VIPomas

A type of NET that usually occurs in the pancreas and can make too much of a substance called vasoactive intestinal peptide and cause symptoms including diarrhoea, decreased levels of a salt in the blood called potassium, feeling sick and being sick.

Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease

This is a rare family syndrome and people who have this condition have a higher risk of developing NETs. Because of this disorder, patients may develop various different types of tumours, and not only in the neuroendocrine system. They can also develop kidney cancers and tumours of the adrenal glands called phaeochromocytoma.

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