Understanding medical terms

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Neuroendocrine system

“Neuro” refers to nerve and endocrine to the network of glands and organs in the body that produce hormones. Neuroendocrine cells are found in the endocrine glands; adrenal glands, pancreas, thyroid, pituitary and in the ovaries and testes.

Neuroendocrine tumour (NET)

Tumour of the neuroendocrine system.


This is a rare family syndrome and people who have this condition have a higher risk of developing NETs. This disease particularly affects the skin and the nervous system.

N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-ProBNP)

The level of NT-ProBNP in the blood can give us information about the functioning of the heart.