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World J Surg Oncol. 2010 May 24;8:42. doi: 10.1186/1477-7819-8-42.

A case of gangliocytic paraganglioma in the ampulla of Vater.

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Department of Surgery, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Duodenal gangliocytic paraganglioma is an extremely rare tumor and few cases have been reported to date.

CASE PRESENTATION:

The authors report a case of gangliocytic paraganglioma verified by post-op pathology after pancreaticoduodenectomy for a tumor in the ampulla of Vater. The 56-year-old male patient concerned visited our emergency room with melena that started one week prior to hospitalization. The patient was diagnosed to have a tumor in the ampulla of Vater with bleeding on its surface. However post-op, he was diagnosed as having gangliocytic paraganglioma by immunohistochemistry.

CONCLUSION:

This tumor has precise clinical implications, and if continuous follow up is conducted after careful diagnosis and surgical treatment, invasive major operations, such as, radical pancreaticoduodenectomy can be avoided.

PMID:
20497533
PMCID:
PMC2887868
DOI:
10.1186/1477-7819-8-42
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