The use of Alu-PCR to distinguish between typical pulmonary carcinoids versus classic midgut carcinoids.

Abstract

Although histologically 'typical' pulmonary and 'classic' midgut carcinoids are similar, the small intestine tumors are more aggressive than their pulmonary counterpart. We believe that in contrast to pulmonary carcinoids arising from Kulchitsky cells, 'classical' midgut carcinoids develop from crypt stem cells that differentiate into endocrine ('classical… (More)

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