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A case of minute intraductal papillary mucinous tumor of the pancreas presenting with recurrent acute pancreatitis

 Jun Pyo chung  ;  Sang Won Chi  ;  Young Nyun Park  ;  Se Joon Lee  ;  Si Young Song  ;  Kwan Sik Lee  ;  Jae Bock Chung  ;  Sang In Lee  ;  Jin Kyung Kang  ;  Ki Whang Kim  ;  Hoon Sang Chi 
 Yonsei Medical Journal, Vol.41(4) : 528-532, 2000 
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Acute Disease ; Aged ; Case Report ; Cholangiopancreatography, Endoscopic Retrograde ; Human ; Male ; Mucins/secretion* ; Pancreatic Ducts/pathology ; Pancreatic Neoplasms/complications* ; Pancreatic Neoplasms/pathology ; Pancreatitis/etiology* ; Recurrence ; Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Intraductal papillary mucinous tumor ; IPMT ; minute ; acute pancreatitis
Intraductal papillary mucinous tumor (IPMT) of the pancreas, a lesion consisting of mucin-producing cells with neoplastic potential, is characterized by duct ectasia, mucin hypersecretion, often extensive papillary intraductal growth, varying degrees of cytologic atypia, and relatively indolent growth. The clinical presentation of IPMT of the pancreas is characterized by chronic or recurrent attacks of abdominal discomfort often in association with low level pancreatic enzyme elevations. Less commonly these lesions may be detected as asymptomatic radiographic abnormalities. Interestingly, a case of a minute IPMT (2 mm in height and 7 mm in length, adenoma) in the main pancreatic duct presenting with acute pancreatitis in a 55 year-old man has been reported in the Japanese literature. Recently, we also experienced a case of a minute IPMT in a branch pancreatic duct causing repeated bouts of acute pancreatitis in a 75 year-old man. A filling defect at the neck of the main pancreatic duct seen on an endoscopic retrograde pancreatogram performed after recovery of the second attack of acute pancreatitis led the patient to undergo an exploratory laparotomy. After a near-total pancreatectomy was carried out, a minute (3 x 7 mm) IPMT of borderline malignancy was discovered in a branch duct at the head portion near the pancreatic neck without any lesions in the main pancreatic duct. Surprisingly, despite the resective surgery the patient died of carcinomatosis 8.5 months after the operation. We herein report a case of a minute but aggressive IPMT of the pancreas with a review of the literature.
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Park, Young Nyun(박영년) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0357-7967
Lee, Kwan Sik(이관식) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3672-1198
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