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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 50--52

Anaplastic carcinoma of the pancreas: Is there a role for palliative surgical procedure?


Department of General Surgery, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry, India

Correspondence Address:
Rajan Vaithianathan
Department of General Surgery, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.125560

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Anaplastic carcinoma (AC) or undifferentiated carcinoma of the pancreas is a rare variant among the malignant pancreatic neoplasms. These tumors have a poor prognosis with survival measured in months. The role of surgical palliation to improve the quality of life is not well defined in these patients. We report a case of AC of pancreas in a 65-year-old male patient. Patient had upper abdominal pain with frequent bilious vomiting. Computed tomography scan of the abdomen showed a mass in the body of pancreas with possible infiltration of duodenojejunal flexure (DJF). Laparotomy revealed an inoperable mass with posterior fixity and involvement of the DJF. Patient underwent a palliative duodenojejunostomy. Tissue biopsy from the tumor showed pleomorphic type AC with giant cells. Patient had good symptomatic relief from profuse vomiting and progressed well at follow up. AC of pancreas is a rare and aggressive malignancy with dismal outlook. If obstructive symptoms are present due to duodenal involvement, a palliative bypass may be a worthwhile surgical option in selected cases.






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