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What causes insulinoma?

The pancreas is an organ in the abdomen that releases the hormone insulin. Insulin is required to regulate blood sugar levels. Tumors of the pancreas that produce excessive amounts of insulin (hyperinsulinemia) are called insulinomas.

High insulin levels cause hypoglycemia, or low blood glucose (sugar). Hypoglycemia caused by insulinomas may be mild and lead to symptoms such as anxiety and hunger, but patients are also at risk for severe hypoglycemia, which can cause seizures, coma, and even death.

More information on insulinoma

What is an insulinoma? - An insulinoma is a rare benign tumour of the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Insulinomas produce excessive amounts of insulin and this causes low blood sugar.
What causes insulinoma? - Tumors of the pancreas that produce excessive amounts of insulin (hyperinsulinemia) are called insulinomas.
What are the symptoms of insulinoma? - Symptoms of insulinoma may include dizziness, disorientation and weight gain, and eat more frequently.
How is insulinoma diagnosed? - The diagnosis of insulinoma is made by simultaneous measurements of blood sugar and insulin levels in the blood.
What're the treatments for insulinoma? - Insulinoma is a progressive disease requiring constant monitoring and care, as well as adjustments in medications. Surgery is the preferred treatment for insulinoma. 
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