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Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is Zollinger-Ellison syndrome?

Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome is a rare condition where one or more tumors in the stomach, known as gastrinomas, result in the production of too much gastric acid. The excessive acid may cause peptic ulcers in your stomach or intestine, resulting in symptoms such as heartburn, abdominal pain, acid reflux, and vomiting. Some people with this condition may have a genetic problem known as multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1).

Symptoms of Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

  • Black, shiny stool

  • Greasy stools that float, associated with problems with digestion

  • Heartburn; painful burning feeling in the chest or throat

  • Stomach feels bloated

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Diarrhea

  • Abdominal pain

  • Loss of appetite

Questions your doctor may ask to check for Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

  • Are your stools black and shiny like hair?

  • Are your stools greasy and smelly?

  • Are you experiencing heartburn?

  • Do you feel that your abdomen or stomach is bloated?

  • Does pressing on your stomach cause severe pain?

Treatment for Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

Treatment of Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome is aimed at managing the excess stomach acid with medicines called proton pump inhibitors. In some cases, surgery is needed remove the tumors. In cases where the tumors are numerous or have spread, other methods to control tumor growth may be recommended, like chemotherapy.

View the symptoms of Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome

References

  • Johns Hopkins Medicine

    https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/zollingerellison-syndrome#:~:text=Zollinger%2DEllison%20syndrome%20is%20a,%2C%20weight%20loss%2C%20and%20diarrhea.

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Samantha Nazareth, MD

Samantha Nazareth, MD (Gastroenterology)

Board-certified gastroenterologist. Experience managing gastrointestinal conditions (GERD, IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, celiac disease, NASH) within healthcare organizations (three ambulatory surgical centers, single-specialty practice, multi-specialty practice and solo practice).

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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