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Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (Islet Cell Tumors) Treatment (PDQ®)

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Cellular Classification of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (Islet Cell Tumors)

Table 1. Endocrine Tumors of the Pancreas
Islet Cells Secreted Active Agent Tumor and Syndrome 
ACTH = adrenocorticotropin; MSH = melanocyte-stimulating hormone; VIP = vasoactive intestinal peptide; WDHA = watery diarrhea, hypokalemia, and achlorhydria; 5-HT = serotonin.
AlphaGlucagonGlucagonoma (diabetes, dermatitis)
BetaInsulinInsulinoma (hypoglycemia)
DeltaSomatostatinSomatostatinoma (mild diabetes); diarrhea/steatorrhea; gallstones
DGastrinGastrinoma (peptic ulcer disease)
A -> DVIP and/or other undefined mediatorsWDHA
Cushing syndrome
Interacinar Cells Secreted Active Agent Tumor and Syndrome
FPancreatic polypeptideMultiple hormonal syndromes