What is Carcinoid Crisis?

Carcinoid crisis is the immediate onset of  debilitating and life-threatening symptoms that are associated with carcinoid syndrome. It can occur spontaneously or be precipitated by the Five E’s.

Symptoms include prolonged severe flushing, diarrhea, hypotension, tachycardia severe dyspnea, peripheral cyanosis and sometimes hemodynamic instability.

Other very serious conditions include:
Tahycardia: heart beating to fast
Severe Dyspnea: Shortness of breath
Peripheral Cyanosis: Lack of oxygen in the blood causing a bluish discoloration of the skin
Hemodynamic Instability: Circulatory Shock or Advanced Heart Failure

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