Ahlem Lahmar

University of Tunis El Manar, Tunis-Ville, Tūnis, Tunisia

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Publications (40)7.84 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Background:Cystic neoplasms of the pancreas are rare and constitute approximately 0.5% of all pancreatic neoplasms.Aims:The study was to describe clinicopathological features of pancreatic cystic tumors.Patients and Methods:In our retrospective study, we reviewed 10 cases of pancreatic cystic neoplasms that were diagnosed at the pathology department of Mongi Slim hospital over a 14-year period (2000-2013). We adopted the latest World Health Organization (WHO) classification (2010) in grouping all tumors.Results:There were one male and nine female patients (sex ratio M/F = 1:9) aged between 21 and 68 years (mean = 37.5 years). The most common clinical presentation was epigastric and abdominal pain (n = 6) followed by vomiting (n = 3). Abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan disclosed a cystic lesion of the pancreas ranging in size between 2 and 10 cm (mean = 6.75 cm). All patients underwent surgical treatment. Histopathological examination of the surgical specimen established the diagnosis of solid pseudopapillary neoplasm (n = 2), serous cystic neoplasm (n = 2), mucinous cystadenoma (n = 4), mucinous cystadenocarcinoma (n = 1), and intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm with invasive carcinoma (n = 1).Conclusion:Better understanding of pancreatic cystic neoplasms is essential for clinicians to make accurate diagnosis and to provide the best management for patients.
    North American journal of medical sciences. 08/2014; 6(8):413-7.
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    ABSTRACT: Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (pNET) are relatively uncommon, accounting for 1-2% of all pancreatic neoplasms. They are characterised by varying clinical presentation, tumour biology and prognosis.
    Pathologica 06/2014; 106(2):51-7.
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Background: Many case reports describe tuberculosis (TB) co-existent with a malignant neoplasm. However, the neoplasm in most of these is lung or breast cancer, with only two cases of liver cancer concomitant with TB reported in the literature. Although both TB and cancer are very common diseases, little attention has been given to the pathophysiologic and practical implications of their co-existence. Methods: Case report and literature review. Case Report: A 73-year-old female patient with a history of hypertension and hepatitis C presented with abdominal pain of 2 mos duration. Laboratory findings showed an elevated serum concentration of α-fetoprotein. A computed tomography scan demonstrated a solitary hypodense tumor in the right lobe of the liver (segment VIII). A pre-operative chest radiograph was within normal limits. The patient underwent an uneventful tumor resection. Histologic examination of a surgical specimen of the tumor demonstrated a moderately differentiated hepatocellular carcinoma co-existent with caseating granulomas. Conclusion: Through this case report, the authors discuss the pathogenesis of the rare association of TB a malignant neoplasm of the liver, and present a review of the current literature on the association of TB and cancer. Further research is required to determine whether a tuberculous infection resembles other chronic infections and inflammatory conditions in having a potential capacity to facilitate oncogenesis.
    Surgical Infections 01/2014; · 1.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A 77-year-old female patient with a medical history significant for hypertension and epilepsy presented with right breast pain of 6-months duration. Examination revealed a hard sub-areola tender mass with irregular borders associated with mild right nipple retraction. Mammography showed a 2.2 x 2.4 cm stellate mass of the right breast. Ultrasound-guided core biopsies of the tumour were performed. Pathological examination revealed a grade II infiltrating ductal carcinoma. The patient underwent right radical mastectomy with homolateral axillary lymphadenectomy. Histological examination of the surgical specimen revealed grade II infiltrating ductal carcinoma concomitant with granulomatous lobular mastitis. To the best of our knowledge, the coexistence of granulomatous lobular mastitis and ductal carcinoma has been described only twice in the English language literature. The theory that chronic inflammation leads to cancer is well documented. Whether our patient had developed cancer from granulomatous lobular mastitis or otherwise is a matter of debate until more cases are encountered and more research is done in the area of breast cancer pathogenesis with regards to it arising from granulomatous lobular mastitis.
    Pathologica 12/2013; 105(6):357-60.
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    ABSTRACT: Xanthogranulomatous cholecystitis is a relatively uncommon variant of chronic cholecystitis, characterized by marked thickening of the gallbladder wall and dense local adhesions. Not only does xanthogranulomatous cholecystitis mimic malignancy, it can also be infrequently associated with gallbladder carcinoma in 0.2% to 35.4% of cases. Herein, the authors report a new case of xanthogranulomatous cholecystitis concomitant with gallbladder adenocarcinoma in a 65-year-old female patient. Because of its overlapping clinical, radiological and macroscopic findings with gallbladder cancer, definitive diagnosis of xanthogranulomatous cholecystitis relies on extensive sampling and thorough microscopic examination of the surgical specimen to exclude the possibility of coexisting tumour. It is still a matter of debate whether xanthogranulomatous cholecystitis is truly a precursor of gallbladder carcinoma or if it is just an incidental finding. This aspect needs to be explored in the future with further studies.
    Pathologica 08/2013; 105(4):137-9.
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    ABSTRACT: The breast is a rare primary site of hydatid disease and accounts for only 0.27% of cases. Mammary hydatidosis generally occurs in females and has never been described in male patients. In this paper, the authors report a new case of isolated hydatid cyst of the breast in a 35-year-old previously healthy man, who presented with a left breast painless lump of one year duration. Physical examination showed a non-tender and immobile mass in the upper lateral quadrant of the left breast, with normal overlying skin and nipple. There was no palpable lymph node in the left axilla and the contralateral breast was normal. Ultrasonography showed a 2.7 x 1.5 cm cystic lesion in the left breast. The patient underwent total excision of the mass, and histopathological examination confirmed the diagnosis of hydatid cyst. The authors conclude that although hydatid cyst of the breast is rare, it should be considered in the differential diagnosis of breast lumps especially in endemic areas.
    Pathologica 06/2013; 105(3):101-3.
  • Our Dermatology Online. 04/2013; 4(2):212-214.
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    ABSTRACT: Sclerosing stromal tumours are rare benign ovarian neoplasms of the sex cord stromal that occur predominantly in the second and third decades of life. Herein, we report two cases of sclerosing stromal tumour of the ovary. The two patients were 16 and 45 years old and both presented with pelvic pain. Ultrasonography demonstrated a heterogeneous solid mass of the left and right ovary, respectively, with some cystic foci in the second tumour. Laboratory tests including tumour markers and serum hormonal assays were normal in both cases. The two patients underwent left and right salpingo-oophrectomy, respectively. Microscopically, the tumours showed a pseudolobular pattern with cellular areas separated by oedematous and collagenous areas. The cellular areas were richly vascularized, with a hemangiopericytic pattern, and were composed of an admixture of theca-like and spindle-shaped cells. Immunohistochemical studies showed that the tumour cells were positive for smooth muscle actin, inhibin and vimentin, but negative for cytokeratin. The final pathological diagnosis was sclerosing stromal tumour. Postoperative course was uneventful for both patients.
    Pathologica 04/2013; 105(2):62-5.
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    ABSTRACT: The presence of heterotopic pancreas is unusual with an estimated incidence of 0.2% of upper abdominal operations. Heterotopic pancreas occurs predominantly in the stomach, duodenum and proximal jejunum. Isolated pancreatic heterotopia of the ileum is very rare and is usually found in a Meckel's diverticulum. In most cases, these heterotopias are asymptomatic and are only incidentally detected upon pathological examination or autopsy. In this paper, the authors report two cases of pancreatic heterotopia involving, respectively, the duodenum and ileum that were fortuitously discovered on a surgical specimen and during laparotomy for unrelated causes.
    Pathologica 02/2013; 105(1):18-20.
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  • La Tunisie médicale 01/2013; 91(1):74.
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    ABSTRACT: Hepatic angiomyolipoma (HAML) is a rare, benign mesenchymal neoplasm composed of varying amounts of smooth muscle cells, adipose tissue, and vessels. Its morphological diversity often poses diagnostic problems. In this paper, the authors report a peculiar case of epithelioid HAML mimicking histologically hepatocellular carcinoma with focal areas resembling inflammatory pseudotumour. A 57 year-old male patient presented with abdominal pain and discomfort. Non enhanced CT scan demonstrated a heterogeneous hypodense mass located in segment II and IV of the liver. Hepatocellular carcinoma was suspected and the patient underwent left lobectomy. Histologically, the tumour was mainly composed of epithelioid cells arranged in trabeculae and sheets (50% of the tumour surface) admixed with mature fat cells (20%) and thick-walled blood vessels. Lymphocytic aggregates and clusters of foamy histiocytes were focally found in the stroma (30%). Most of the epithelioid tumour cells were immunoreactive to homatropine methylbromide 45 (HMB-45) and smooth muscle actin. Morphological pattern and immunophenotype were consistent with epithelioid HAML.
    Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica 12/2012; 75(4):443-5. · 0.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The gallbladder is an unusual location of pancreatic heterotopia defined as the presence of pancreatic tissue lacking anatomical and vascular continuity with the main body of the gland. A 55-year-old previously healthy male patient presented with repeated attacks of right hypochondriac pain and vomiting. On physical examination, the right upper abdomen was tender to palpation with a positive Murphy's sign. Abdominal ultrasonographic examination showed multiple gallstones within a thin-walled gallbladder. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy was performed with uneventful recovery. Macroscopic examination of the surgical specimen revealed a yellowish intramural nodule measuring 7 mm close to the neck of the gallbladder. Histological examination revealed chronic cholecystitis and subserosal foci of heterotopic pancreas made up of exocrine acinar and ductal elements without islet cells corresponding to incomplete heterotopia. Heterotopic pancreas is usually detected as an incidental microscopic finding in a gallbladder specimen removed by cholecystectomy. Pre-operative diagnosis is difficult primarily due to its non-specific clinical features.
    Pathologica 12/2012; 104(6):446-8.
  • Annales de Pathologie 11/2012; 32(5):S183. · 0.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Localized giant pseudopolyposis is a rare complication in inflammatory bowel disease defined as a pseudopolyp (isolated or clustered) larger than 1.5 cm in size. Giant pseudopolyps are more commonly found in ulcerative colitis compared to Crohn's disease and mainly involve the left colon. A 26-year-old male patient with a two-year history of Crohn's disease was admitted with increasing abdominal pain, vomiting, anorexia, weight loss and fever. On physical examination, the abdomen was diffusely tender. Computed tomography showed diffuse irregular thickening of the ileal wall and stenosis of the terminal ileum. The patient underwent ileo-cecal resection with re-anastomosis. The ileal portion of the resected specimen harboured multiple finger-like pedunculated polyps, with the smallest measuring 0.5 cm and the largest measuring 1.8 cm. Histologically, the polyps were consistent with granulation tissue. No evidence of dysplasia or malignancy was found. The post-operative course was uneventful considering one month follow-up. This report illustrates an unusual case of giant pseudopolyposis involving the ileum in a patient with Crohn's disease. The natural history of these lesions, as well as their optimal management, remain uncertain.
    Pathologica 08/2012; 104(4):198-200.
  • Annales de Pathologie 06/2012; 32(3):242–243. · 0.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Idiopathic granulomatous mastitis is a rare inflammatory breast disease of unknown aetiology that is frequently mistaken for breast carcinoma both clinically and mammographically. In this paper, the authors report two cases of idiopathic granulomatous mastitis that occurred in two parous women aged 38 and 45 years. Clinically, both patients presented with a tender palpable lump in the left breast. Mammography showed an poorly-defined mass in both patients with microcalcification in the first case and skin retraction in the second case. Breast lumpectomy was performed in both patients. Histological examination of the surgical specimen revealed non-caseating granulomas confined to breast lobules. Special staining for fungi and tuberculosis were all negative. Correct diagnosis ofidiopathic granulomatous mastitis requires the exclusion of malignancy, other granulomatous disease and infectious aetiologies. Histopathologic examination remains the gold standard for diagnosis. This disease is rare, and therefore the optimum treatment protocol is still being established.
    Pathologica 06/2012; 104(3):105-8.
  • Annales de Pathologie 06/2012; 32(3):242-3. · 0.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Epithelial-lined or true cysts of the adrenal gland are exceedingly rare accounting for only 9% of all adrenal cysts. A 55-year-old woman with a medical history for cholecystectomy and liver hydatidosis presented with an 8-month history of abdominal pain in the upper left quadrant. Physical examination was unremarkable and laboratory tests were within normal range. Computed tomography displayed a homogeneous and finely calcified cystic mass of the left adrenal gland measuring 12 x 10 cm. A hydatid cyst of the adrenal gland was suspected preoperatively and the patient underwent uneventful excision of the cyst. Histological examination of the surgical specimen revealed that the cyst wall was lined by cuboidal to flattened cells with bland cytologic features. Immuohistochemically, the cyst lining expressed intensely cytokeratin but was negative for CD 34 and calretinin. The final pathological diagnosis was epithelial adrenal cyst.
    Pathologica 04/2012; 104(2):82-4.

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21 Citations
7.84 Total Impact Points


  • 2013–2014
    • University of Tunis El Manar
      • Department of Surgery A
      Tunis-Ville, Tūnis, Tunisia
  • 2008
    • Centre Hôpital Universitaire Farhat Hached
      Susa, Sūsah, Tunisia