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carcinoid flush

 

Definition: periodic hyperemia (flushing) of the skin of the face and other parts of the body seen in patients with a carcinoid tumor; the tumors elaborate a variety of monoamines and peptide hormones, but the exact cause of the flush is uncertain; flush can be precipitated by alcohol, food, stress, or palpation of the liver.

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