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Pancreas. 2004 May;28(4):443-5.

Primary angiomyolipoma of the pancreas.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota 55905, USA.


Angiomyolipoma (AML) is a rare tumor characterized histologically by a mixture of spindle cells, adipose tissue, epithelioid cells, and blood vessels. AML usually occurs in the kidney but can involve the liver and, rarely, other sites. We describe a 74-year-old woman without tuberous sclerosis who presented with spontaneous hemorrhage into a primary AML of the pancreas and underwent curative surgical resection. We are aware of only one previous report describing a clear cell "sugar" tumor of the pancreas, which probably represents a monotypic epithelioid variant of AML. The pancreas should be included among sites that can give rise to AML.

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