Metastatic Pancreatic Small-Cell Carcinoma Presenting As Acute Pancreatitis

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, USA.
Journal of Clinical Oncology (Impact Factor: 18.43). 12/2010; 28(36):e748-9. DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2010.30.4600
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