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Clinical Case Report
2016:29:4;209-211
PMID: 28050998

Pituitary carcinoid coexisting with systemic lupus erythematosus: A rare combination

Anupam Bhambhani1 , Manish Dugar2 , Jyotsna Rao3 , Ravikanti Prasad4
1 Department of Cardiology, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Whitefield, Bengaluru 560066, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Rheumatology, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Whitefield, Bengaluru 560066, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Nuclear Medicine, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Whitefield, Bengaluru 560066, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Radiodiagnosis, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Whitefield, Bengaluru 560066, Karnataka, India

Corresponding Author:
Anupam Bhambhani
Department of Cardiology, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Whitefield, Bengaluru 560066, Karnataka
India
anupam.bhambhani@yahoo.in
How to cite this article:
Bhambhani A, Dugar M, Rao J, Prasad R. Pituitary carcinoid coexisting with systemic lupus erythematosus: A rare combination . Natl Med J India 2016;29:209-211
Copyright: (C)2016 The National Medical Journal of India

Abstract

Gastrointestinal carcinoids have occasionally been reported in patients with autoimmune diseases. We report a middle-aged woman who presented with episodic hypertension and a skin rash. Initial evaluation led to the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus for which the patient was treated. Further investigations revealed the presence of a carcinoid tumour in the pituitary. Although gastrointestinal carcinoids associated with autoimmune diseases have been seen occasionally, to our knowledge, extragastric carcinoid coexisting with an auto- immune disorder has never been reported before. A better understanding of how inflammation induces cytological changes leading to development of a carcinoid from a cellular and molecular perspective could provide potential therapeutic strategies for preventing these lesions.


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