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J Korean Surg Soc. 2011 Dec;81 Suppl 1:S69-73. doi: 10.4174/jkss.2011.81.Suppl1.S69. Epub 2011 Nov 25.

Primary leiomyosarcoma of the pancreas.

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  • 1Division of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea.

Abstract

Primary sarcomas of the pancreas are extremely rare, accounting for 0.1% of malignant pancreatic (non-islet) neoplasms. Pancreatic leiomyosarcoma is a highly aggressive malignancy that spreads in a similar manner to gastric leiomyosarcoma, i.e., by adjacent organ invasion, hematogenous spread, and lymph node metastasis. These tumors are large at the time of diagnosis and are usually found at an advanced stage. We report a case of a 70-year-old female with intermittent right upper quadrant abdominal discomfort. Radiological, histopathological, and immunohistochemical studies revealed the tumor to be a primary leiomyosarcoma of the pancreas. Herein, we describe a patient with a primary leiomyosarcoma of the pancreas who presented with clinical and radiological findings indicative of a mass in the pancreatic head.

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Leiomyosarcoma; Pancreas; Primary

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