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diarrhea pancreatica


Definition: diarrhea characterized by severe, watery, secretory diarrhea and hyperkalemia; most patients have hypercalcemia, many have hyperglycemia; results from excessive secretion of vasoactive intestinal peptide by an islet cell tumor of the pancreas. Sometimes called WDHA syndrome.

See: Verner-Morrison syndrome, WDHA syndrome

Synonym(s): pancreatic cholera, pancreatic diarrhea

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