Journal article

Selective intra-arterial calcium stimulation test for the localization of insulinomas: an Australian hospital experience

Anneke Graf, Stella Sarlos, Stephen G Farrell, Richard J MacIsaac, Warrick J Inder, Nirupa Sachithanandan

ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Insulinomas are rare tumours of the pancreas and the most common cause of hypoglycaemia in non-diabetic adults. They can be cured by surgery but require precise localization. The aim of this study was to assess the utility of the selective intra-arterial calcium stimulation test (SIACST) in patients with an insulinoma to correctly localize the tumour. METHODS: Medical records of patients with a diagnosis of insulinoma or who underwent an SIACST were retrospectively reviewed. Localization of lesions by SIACST was compared to endoscopic ultrasound and radionuclide imaging studies and verified against findings at surgery. RESULTS: A total of 24 patients (mean age 58 years, 16 female..

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