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Endocrine tumour in kidney affecting small bowel structure, motility, and absorptive function
  1. M. H. Gleeson,
  2. S. R. Bloom,
  3. J. M. Polak,
  4. K. Henry,
  5. R. H. Dowling


    A 44-year-old woman is described with an endocrine tumour arising in the kidney. There were associated abnormalities of small intestinal morphology, motility, and absorptive function. These abnormalities reversed on removal of the tumour. Detailed studies showed that the tumour contained, and was secreting, glucagon. It is postulated that the intestinal abnormalities may have resulted from glucagon itself or another, as yet unidentified, hormone.

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    • 1 Presented in part at the annual meeting of the British Society of Gastroenterology, November, 1970 (Gut, 1970, 11, 1060, abstract).