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Abstract

Splenic Infarction. A Rare Presentation of Anaplastic Pancreatic Carcinoma and a Review of the Literature

Context Anaplastic carcinoma of the pancreas is a rare variant of ductal adenocarcinoma. The histogenesis and biologic behavior of these tumors are still controversial. They occur in elderly men and are associated with a very poor prognosis. Case report We report a case of advanced anaplastic carcinoma in a 41-year-old man who presented with splenic infarction. He had a prolonged survival of 16 months from diagnosis. Conclusion Splenic infarction is a most unusual acute presentation of pancreatic carcinoma, which may require emergency tumor resection and splenectomy.


Author(s):

Manzhi Wong, Ju-Yaw See, Wajiha Sufyan, Ravishankar K Diddapur



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