A wolf in sheep's clothing: a non-functioning islet cell tumor of the pancreas masquerading as a microcystic (serous cystic) adenoma.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

CONTEXT: The endosonographic appearance of a microcystic "honeycomb" lesion of the pancreas usually indicates a serous cystic adenoma. CASE REPORT: We report a case of a non-functioning islet cell tumor that has the typical microcystic "honeycomb" appearance of a serous cystic adenoma. The implications for endoscopic ultrasound diagnosis and management of cystic pancreatic lesions are discussed. CONCLUSION: Islet cell tumors are a rare differential diagnosis of microcystic pancreatic lesions. If fine needle aspiration remains non-diagnostic preoperative distinction from serous cystic adenomas may be impossible.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gerke, H; Byrne, MF; Xie, HB; Paulson, EK; Tyler, DS; Baillie, J; Jowell, PS

Published Date

  • July 1, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 225 - 230

PubMed ID

  • 15254352

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1590-8577


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Italy