Diagnosis: Carcinoid tumor

Modality: CT of the abdomen


  • Carcinoid tumors are a type of neuroendocrine tumor that can be found in several organs including the GI tract, lung, and mesentery.
  • There is high potential for metastatic disease in carcinoid tumors.
  • CT shown above demonstrates findings commonly seen characterized by well-defined solid mesenteric mass associated with desmoplastic reaction
  • The desmoplastic reaction is characterized by a spiculated apperance due to retraction of the mesentery and adjacent bowel

Credit: Case submitted by Ellie Goulding MD to radRounds Radiology Network