Solid-pseudopapillary neoplasms of the pancreas: Clinical and pathological features of 33 cases

Department of Surgical Oncology, Second Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University College of Medicine, No. 88 Jiefang Road, Zhejiang, People's Republic of China.
Surgery Today (Impact Factor: 1.53). 07/2012; 43(2). DOI: 10.1007/s00595-012-0260-3
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Solid-pseudopapillary neoplasms (SPNs) are rare pancreatic tumors, with a low potential for malignancy. The clinical and pathological features of 33 SPNs were reviewed.

This study conducted a retrospective analysis of 33 patients who underwent surgery for a pathologically confirmed SPN from 2000 to 2011.

Thirty of the 33 patients (91 %) were female, and the median age at diagnosis was 29.2 years (range 12-59). The most common symptom was abdominal discomfort with dull pain (58 %). Others included asymptomatic lesions that were only detected incidentally during imaging (21 %), a palpable abdominal mass (15 %) and indigestion (6 %). All 33 patients underwent surgery with a curative intent and 3 (9 %) underwent laparoscopic surgery. The mean diameter of the tumors was 4.9 cm (range 2-15 cm), and they occurred in the head (9, 27 %), neck (5, 15 %), body or tail (19, 58 %) of the pancreas. One patient had lymph node metastases, one patient had portal venous invasion and 8 patients had perineural invasion. The patient follow-up ranged from 4 to 118 months, and 32 patients were alive and well without recurrence. One patient relapsed 10 months after distal pancreatectomy with splenectomy and underwent a second surgery via laparotomy. Unfortunately, the patient died of multiple organ failure 12 days after the second surgery.

SPNs are rare neoplasms with malignant potential but excellent prognosis. Adequate surgical resection, including laparoscopic surgery, may therefore be performed safely and is associated with a long-term survival, even in invasive cases.

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    • "To date, around 700 cases have been reported [1], more than two-thirds of them in the last 10 years [10] [11]. This probably reflects the increasing awareness of the clinicopathologic and radiographic features of SPN and the uniformity of the nomenclature used for SPN in the last years. "
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    • "These laparoscopic procedures of enucleation and distal pancreatectomy have already been considered to be feasible [20] [21] [22] and have shown good indications for the low-grade malignant SPT [11] [21] [22]. It was mentioned that there were no statistically significant differences in the postoperative complications and the prognosis between laparoscopic surgery and ordinary surgery for SPT [20]. With regard to SPT, parenchyma preserving surgical procedure with laparoscopy should be considered if the tumor is small in size and located away from the main pancreatic duct. "
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