Diabetes Insipidus Induced by Combination of Short-acting Ocreotide and Lanreotide for Recurrent Carcinoid Crisis of Neuroendocrine Tumour A Case Report

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Goh Kian Guan
Subashini Rajoo
Noraini Mohd Dusa
Nik Hasimah Nik Yahya
Mohamed Badrulnizam Long Bidin


Somatostatin analogue is useful in carcinoid crisis for symptom control. Optimal dosing of somatostatin analogues for carcinoid symptoms is not known. This case highlighted management issues using combination short-acting octreotide infusion with long-acting lanreotide during carcinoid crisis. The patient had left lung neuroendocrine tumour metastasized to liver and bone, post left lobectomy. Due to extensive metastasis to liver causing recurrent carcinoid crisis, he required shorter interval long-acting lanreotide with continuous infusion of short-acting octreotide, which complicated with transient diabetes insipidus. Symptom resolved with discontinuation of treatment. Somatostatin analogues, especially in combination, may inhibit posterior pituitary resulting in diabetes insipidus. Prompt withdrawal of short-acting somatostatin analogue and initiation of desmopressin can reverse the complication. It is important to recognize this complication with combination of octreotide and lanreotide injections to avoid serious complications. 


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Kian Guan, G., Rajoo, S., Dusa, N. M., Nik Yahya, N. H., & Long Bidin, M. B. (2022). Diabetes Insipidus Induced by Combination of Short-acting Ocreotide and Lanreotide for Recurrent Carcinoid Crisis of Neuroendocrine Tumour: A Case Report. Journal of the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies, 36(2), 220–222. https://doi.org/10.15605/jafes.036.02.09
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Goh Kian Guan, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Physician, Department of Medicine

Subashini Rajoo, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Consultant Endocrinologist, Department of Medicine

Noraini Mohd Dusa, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Histopathology Unit, Department of Pathology

Nik Hasimah Nik Yahya, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Histopathology Unit, Department of Pathology

Mohamed Badrulnizam Long Bidin, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Consultant Endocrinologist, Department of Medicine


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