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HPB Surg. 1996;9(2):101-5.

Primary extrahepatic bile duct carcinoids.

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  • 1Department of General Surgery & Organ Transplantation, University of Naples Federico II School of Medicine, Italy.


Biliary tact carcinoids are extremely rare: only ten cases have been reported up to now. The Authors describe a successfully treated carcinoid tumour of the proximal bile duct and review the literature about these rare malignancies. Despite extensive preoperative work-up, including ultrasound, CT scan and ERCP, a definite diagnosis is hardly possible prior to histologic examination of the operative or necropsy specimen. Due to the slow-growing nature and the non-aggressive behaviour of these malignancies, surgical resection followed by biliodigestive anastomosis should be the treatment of choice.

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