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Title: Paraganglioma mimicking a pancreatic neoplasm.
Austin Authors: Lightfoot, Nicole;Santos, Peter;Nikfarjam, Mehrdad 
Affiliation: Department of Pathology, University of Melbourne, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 6-May-2011
Publication information: Jop : Journal of the Pancreas 2011; 12(3): 259-61
Abstract: Paragangliomas are rare tumours of neural crest origin. Extra-adrenal pancreatic paragangliomas are exceptionally rare.A 66-year-old man with abdominal pain was noted to have a complex pancreatic head and uncinate process mass on imaging. He underwent complete resection by pancreaticoduodenectomy with final pathology confirming a 6 cm paraganglioma without evidence of metastases. On histology the tumour was arising from the retroperitoneum and abutting the pancreas. The patient was disease free at 14-month follow-up.Pancreatic paragangliomas represent in many cases the retroperitoneal extension of a paraganglioma into the pancreas rather than a true pancreatic neoplasm. Although generally benign, the risk of malignant transformation justifies aggressive management.
Gov't Doc #: 21546704
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Aged
Diagnosis, Differential
Pancreatic Neoplasms.diagnosis
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