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What is Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome? How does it affect the absorbtion of nutrients?


The body is very complex. How does weight loss occur in Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome? Is there something wrong in how the body digests food? What causes all the abdominal pain? This cannot all be from the stomach acid?
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Zollinger-Ellison syndrome is a disorder where increased levels of the hormone gastrin are produced, causing the stomach to produce excess hydrochloric acid. Often, the cause is a tumour of the pancreas producing the hormone gastrin. Gastrin then causes an excessive production of acid which can lead to peptic ulcers (in almost 95% of patients)
Gastrin works on stomach parietal cells causing them to secrete more hydrogen ions into the stomach lumen. In addition, gastrin acts as a trophic factor for parietal cells, causing parietal cell hyperplasia. Thus, there is an increase in the number of acid secreting cells and each of these cells produces acid at a higher rate. The increase in acidity contributes to the development of peptic ulcers in the stomach and duodenum. High acid levels lead to multiple ulcers in the stomach and small bowel.
Patients with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome may experience abdominal pain and diarrhea. The diagnosis is also suspected in patients without symptoms who have severe ulceration of the stomach and small bowel.
Gastrinomas may occur as single tumors or as multiple, small tumors. About one-half to two-thirds of single gastrinomas are malignant tumors that most commonly spread to the liver and lymph nodes near the pancreas and small bowel. Nearly 25 percent of patients with gastrinomas have multiple tumors as part of a condition called multiple endocrine neoplasia type I (MEN I). MEN I patients have tumors in their pituitary gland and parathyroid glands in addition to tumors of the pancreas.  (+ info)

Doe any one know where we can find a specialist for Zollinger - Ellison Syndrome?


My brother is sufferring from Zollinger-Ellison Sydrome, his esophagus burst and he is on a feeding tube, they removed several tumors the size of walnuts fron his stomach, he is now losing potassium, he is being seen by a dietician and on special food and minerals, but is continuing to weaken and lose weight, can someone please help us with the name of a specialist or Dr. who is familiar with this disease.. thank you
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Sorry about your brother, hope all goes well. I would think that there should be a GI doctor around that should be familiar with Zollinger-Ellison Sydrome. I'm not sure what part of the country you are in but I would consider checking with some of the leading teaching hospitals, ie Mayo Clinics. They may be able to guide you to some one in your area if Mayo is not in your area.  (+ info)

I'm getting tested for Zollinger- Ellison syndrome. Do i need to stop taking protonix before the test?


going next week not sure if i'll be able to contact him
he's pretty busy
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Would Zollinger-Ellison syndrome cause death?


And what is Zollinger-Ellison syndrome?
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There are no known cases where death has occurred. It's a blockage of the central nervous system  (+ info)

Does any body know what Zollinger-Ellisin Syndrome is?


This is a health question.

What is: Zollinger - Ellison
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What is the name of the syndrome that the person may appear to have facial characteristics of down's syndrome?


I previously watched a documentary about sufferers of a syndrome whose facial features appeared to be down's syndrome but it wasn't down's syndrome. The grow to be quite large adults and have special needs. Does anyone know the name of this condition?
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Klinefelter syndrome  (+ info)

Are there different types of Down syndrome and what areas of the body does Down syndrome affect? ?


Also, are there any significant statistics related to Down syndrome? Has Down syndrome received any recent attention from the media? Are there any famous people that have Down syndrome.
Answer as many of the above questions as possible.
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There are three types of Down syndrome, garden variety Trisomy 21, mosaicism and translocation.

Read more at:

Welcoming Babies with Down Syndrome (English, Spanish, French)
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art32534.asp

There is a slide show that also incorporates videos of the featured 'More Alike than Different' cast at the National Down Syndrome Congress website:

http://www.ndsccenter.org/morealike/flash/

And great information at the National Down Syndrome Society website:
Down Syndrome Fact Sheet
http://www.ndss.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=35&Itemid=57

You might also enjoy

Margaret's Guide to Down Syndrome
http://www.patriciaebauer.com/2007/05/12/margarets-guide-to-down-syndrome/

For bios of actors with Down syndrome, see:

Down Syndrome and the Acting Gene
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art34198.asp

and

DS in Arts and Media
http://www.dsiam.org/

and

Michael Johnson
http://www.users.psln.com/sharing/Michael/mainMichael.html

and

Sujeet Desai
http://www.sujeet.com

Down Syndrome Links at the Family Village website
http://www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/lib_down.htm

Check out this recent New York Times article:

The DNA Age: Prenatal Test Puts Down Syndrome in Hard Focus
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/09/us/09down.html

Have fun with your research!
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What is so bad about having down syndrome?


I think people are a lot colder than they want you to believe. Too many pregnancies prediagnosed with down syndrome are terminated! Doctors tell people that their kid will be like some animal and people believe them. I've met my share of people with down syndrome, and they all seem pretty human to me. On top of that, they were all decent folks, which is a lot more than I can say for the general population. And how does knowing that unborn children are purged because of down syndrome affect those who were born and have down syndrome?
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WOW!! I'm so glad that there are other people who's lives have been touched as mine has. See when I was 28 I gave birth to twin girls and one of them was born with Mosaic down syndrome. Of course, I didn't know much about it til now....and yes I was shocked. They are 14 months old now, and such a blessing as well as my two boys. My daughter is about 4 months behind in her milestones, but she is always so happy! Out of all my kids she is the easiest to handle.

It's always nice to have other people, who see that they are more alike, then different from the rest of us.  (+ info)

What is the syndrome called when you cannot feel physical pain?


I remember watching a show a long time ago, and this one little girl was born with a syndrome where she could never feel pain. If she fell on the floor and cut her knee, she wouldn't cry, whereas most children would.

What is this called? Is it a syndrome? Is it a medical condition? I just want to know what it's called, and I can do the research on it.

It is for a story I am writing but I don't entirely know what it is.
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It's called "congenital insensitivity to pain"  (+ info)

What syndrome would someone have that the doctor would need to put them on bloodthinners?


My sister is 18 and just moved out here from MN to go to school. She has had many medical problems and been to several doctors. She recently told me that the doctor said there was something wrong with her blood and she needs to be put on blood thinners for the rest of her life. What syndrome could this be?
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There are several, but the first that comes to mind is Factor-V (five).  (+ info)

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