[Edema caused by retroperitoneal and tricuspid fibrosis with sclerodermatous cutaneous involvement disclosing carcinoid tumor. Apropos of a case and review of the literature]

Rev Med Interne. 1997;18(5):388-95. doi: 10.1016/s0248-8663(97)82510-6.
[Article in French]


A 65-year-old female was admitted with leg edema by retroperitoneal fibrosis and tricuspid valve incompetence by fibrosis, cutaneous fibrosis, moderate flushing over the upper body without diarrhea. It revealed an ileal carcinoid tumor with hepatic metastases. Octreotide (Sandostatine), tumor excision and interferon alpha 2b treatment led to a regression of flushing and edema, a reduction of fibrosis and a stabilization of the metastatic carcinoid, with normal serotonin levels.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Carcinoid Tumor / complications*
  • Edema / etiology*
  • Female
  • Fibrosis
  • Humans
  • Ileal Neoplasms / complications*
  • Leg
  • Retroperitoneal Fibrosis / etiology*
  • Scleroderma, Localized / etiology*
  • Tricuspid Valve / pathology*