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Endocrine and Neuroendocrine Surgery (Springer Surgery Atlas Series) First Edition 2017

Endocrine and Neuroendocrine Surgery (Springer Surgery Atlas Series) First Edition 2017

Endocrine and Neuroendocrine Surgery (Springer Surgery Atlas Series) First Edition 2017
Endocrine and Neuroendocrine Surgery (Springer Surgery Atlas Series) First Edition

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Preface from Endocrine and Neuroendocrine Surgery – (Springer Surgery Atlas Series)

Neuroendocrine tumors are comparable to their endocrine counterparts in that they frequently also secrete hormones that give rise to symptoms. We have also come a long way in  our understanding of neuroendocrine tumors over the past century.

Ransom’s account of a  patient with an ileal tumor, liver metastases, and diarrhea in 1890, Oberndorfer’s description of ileal tumors as “karzinoide” in 1907, and Pearse’s depiction of the diffuse amine precursor uptake and decarboxylase system in 1969 are just a few of the important observations.

These  tumors continue to present challenges due to their frequent diagnosis at advanced stages, making their management complex.

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Surgeons treating endocrine and neuroendocrine neoplasms must be knowledgeable about their respective pathophysiology, in order to select appropriate imaging and biochemical tests to make the diagnosis and localize the tumor.

They must also be familiar with the expected  patterns of local, regional, and distant tumor spread in order to best effect cure or palliation.

And finally, they should be proficient with the anatomic challenges presented by the many  regions of the body where these tumors may arise.

There is a wealth of authoritative texts and atlases on the subject of endocrine surgery, but  very few are also devoted to neuroendocrine tumors.

The rising incidence of these cancers has
led the general surgeon to encounter them with increasing frequency, but their management is  not as well understood as endocrine tumors.

For detailed descriptions of pathophysiology and  diagnostic workup, we direct readers to the textbooks focusing upon these specific topics.

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Author of Endocrine and Neuroendocrine Surgery – (Springer Surgery Atlas Series)

 James R. Howe
Division of Surgical Oncology and
Endocrine Surgery
University of Iowa Carver
College of Medicine
Iowa City, IA
USA

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