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June 1983

Gastric Carcinoids and Atrophic Gastritis: Evidence for an Association

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery (Dr Helling) and Pathology (Dr Wood), St Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

Arch Surg. 1983;118(6):765-768. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1983.01390060081018

• An elderly woman with documented pernicious anemia was found to have diffuse involvement of the gastric mucosa, with carcinold tumors. In reviewing the English-language literature we found 14 additional patients who had atrophic gastritis, pernicious anemia, and gastric carcinoids. This finding suggests that there is a more than coincidental association, although firm clinical and experimental proof is lacking. Nevertheless, appearance of gastrointestinal tract symptoms in patients with pernicious anemia should alert the clinician to the possible presence of gastric carcinoid tumors.

(Arch Surg 1983;118:765-768)