Gastrointestinal Neuroendocrine Tumors in Two Children

Koca T., Dereci S., KARAHAN N., AKÇAM M.

INDIAN PEDIATRICS, vol.53, no.1, pp.70-72, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 53 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s13312-016-0924-y
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.70-72
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Enterochromaffin-like cell hyperplasia and neuroendocrine tumors are relatively rare in childhood. Case characteristics: A 15-year-old girl who presented with epigastric pain and a 6-year-old boy who was admitted with hematochezia. Endoscopy revealed nodules in the stomach in Case 1, and polyploidy lesion in the rectum in Case 2. Outcome: Enterochromaffin-like cell hyperplasia in Case 1 and neuroendocrine tumor in Case 2. Message: A low index of suspicion for neuroendocrine tumors in children can result in delay in the detection of these rare but potentially malignant diseases.