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Unusual Masses of the Pancreas to Be Aware of

Authors
Journal
Case Reports in Gastroenterology
1662-0631
Publisher
S. Karger AG
Publication Date
Volume
3
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1159/000255401
Keywords
  • Published: November 2009
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

This paper aims at emphasizing the difficulty in assessing preoperatively the diagnosis of solid masses of the pancreas whatever the initial clinical presentation may be. We illustrate our purpose describing consecutive cases of pancreatic masses of the pancreas we recently had and who were followed according to the internal guidelines of investigation of our referral hospital. Whereas malignant tumors of the pancreas represent the vast majority of solid tumors of the pancreas, other diagnoses must be evoked. We report three cases of pancreatic solid masses that were explored by endoscopic ultrasonography coupled with fine needle aspiration, a method universally considered to be both reliable and accurate but which failed to assess definitive diagnosis due to both cytological pitfalls and sampling error.

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