[Atypical presentation of a carcinoid syndrome]

Can J Cardiol. 1999 Apr;15(4):469-71.
[Article in French]


A 76-year-old woman presenting with right heart failure is reported. The investigation showed an ileal carcinoid tumour with multiple metastases and tricuspid regurgitation caused by a cardiac carcinoid lesion. Echocardiographic study and histopathological examination revealed typical characteristics of carcinoid heart disease. Nevertheless, except for the cardiac symptomatology, the patient did not show any other clinical manifestation of the carcinoid syndrome. Isolated right heart failure as the first sign of a carcinoid syndrome is rare; only two other cases have been described in the literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Carcinoid Heart Disease / complications
  • Carcinoid Heart Disease / diagnosis*
  • Carcinoid Heart Disease / pathology
  • Carcinoid Tumor / pathology
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Heart Failure / diagnosis
  • Heart Failure / etiology
  • Heart Failure / pathology
  • Humans
  • Ileal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Liver Neoplasms / secondary
  • Lymphatic Metastasis
  • Tricuspid Valve Insufficiency / etiology
  • Tricuspid Valve Insufficiency / pathology