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ABSTRACT: We report a 66-year-old man who had a cystic intraductal papillary adenocarcinoma containing a papillary adenoma, in the head of the pancreas and a coexistent invasive, well differentiated solid tubular adenocarcinoma in the tail of the pancreas. He was hospitalized with acute epigastralgia. Computed tomography demonstrated a multilocular cystic mass in the head of the pancreas and a solid tumor in the tail. Endoscopic retrograde pancreatography showed mucin secretion from an enlarged papilla of Vater, marked dilatation of the main pancreatic duct in the head and body, cystic dilatation of the uncinate branch, and irregular narrowing of the main pancreatic duct in the tail. Total pancreatectomy was performed. Between the cystic tumor and the solid tumor there was a distance of 4.8 cm of normal pancreatic parenchyma and duct, recognized both grossly and microscopically. The patient died 35 months after the operation. At autopsy, peritonitis carcinomatosa was found in the abdominal cavity. Microscopically, disseminated nodules were also well differentiated tubular adenocarcinoma. The apparent anatomic separation of these two tumors within the pancreas is extremely unusual.
Journal of Gastroenterology 01/1997; 31(6):889-93. DOI:10.1007/BF02358621 · 4.52 Impact Factor