Shortness of breath: flushing out the diagnosis

This version was published on 1 March 2010

Ann Clin Biochem 2010;47:177-178
© 2010 Association for Clinical Biochemistry


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Raashda Sulaiman1,
Mark Panting1,
Gurpal Bhogal2,
Ian Perry3,
Clare Ford1 and
Rousseau Gama1,4

1 Department of Clinical Chemistry;
2 Department of Cardiology;
3 Department of Gastroenterology, New Cross Hospital;
4 Research Institute, Healthcare Sciences, Wolverhampton University, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, UK

Corresponding author: Dr Raashda Sulaiman, Department of Clinical Biochemistry, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV10 0QP, UK. Email: Raashda.Sulaiman{at}

We report a 63-year-old man who presented with breathlessnessand weight loss and was diagnosed on echocardiography to havecarcinoid heart disease. It was later transpired that he underwentsurgical removal of an ileal carcinoid tumour 19 years previously.

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