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18.05.2018 | case report | Ausgabe 4/2018

European Surgery 4/2018

Pseudopapillary tumours of the pancreas

A case series and short review of the literature

Zeitschrift:
European Surgery > Ausgabe 4/2018
Autoren:
MSc Mark Portelli, MD Snezana Bozanic, MD David Pisani, FRCR Kelvin Cortis, FRCS Jo-Etienne Abela

Summary

Background

Solid pseudopapillary tumours, also known as Frantz’s tumours, are rare pancreatic lesions which usually occur in young 20–30 year-old women. They account for about 2% of all exocrine pancreatic tumours. They often present with vague abdominal pain and the diagnosis is frequently an incidental finding.

Methods

In this case series and narrative review, we attempt to update the current standpoint on primary pseudopapillary tumours. In this paper we present a case series of three subjects (2 females and 1 male) who were diagnosed with primary pseudopapillary tumours. Their treatment and follow-up is described in detail.

Results

These tumours will be discussed in the context of a literature review.

Conclusions

Surgical resection remains the primary method of treatment for this subtype of pancreatic tumours. The prognosis is excellent in patients who undergo resection.

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