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Ann Clin Lab Sci. 2006 Spring;36(2):216-21.

A unique pancreatic tumor with exclusive hepatocytic differentiation.

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  • 1Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center, Taipei, Taiwan.

Abstract

Only 7 cases of pancreatic tumor with hepatocytic differentiation have been reported in the literature, including 6 cases of hepatoid carcinoma and one case of hepatoid adenoma. Diagnosis of hepatoid carcinoma depends on recognition of characteristic histological features, supported by other evidence linked to hepatic lineage including alpha-fetoprotein production, positive immunoreactivity to liver synthesized proteins, and in situ hybridization detection of albumin mRNA. In addition, a synchronous focus of carcinoma arising in pancreatic ducts, islet cells, or acinar cells is essential. We report a unique case of pancreatic tumor with exclusive hepatocytic differentiation. In this tumor, we were unable to find a synchronous focus of carcinoma arising in pancreatic ducts, islet cells, or acinar cells, ruling out the possibility of its being hepatoid carcinoma. Long term follow-up can help to determine whether this tumor is benign or malignant. The patterns of reticulin staining and immunohistochemical staining are suggestive of malignancy, but mitotic activity is low and nuclear pleomorphism is minimal.

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