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Splenic mass and isolated gastric varices: a rare presentation of a neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreas.

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Summary of "Splenic mass and isolated gastric varices: a rare presentation of a neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreas."


CONTEXT:
Splenic involvement in neuroendocrine pancreatic tumors is well known but rarely presents as a primary splenic mass. CASE
REPORT:
A rare case of a neuroendocrine tumor involving the tail of the pancreas, splenic hilum and splenic flexure of the colon, forming a conglomerate mass and presenting as isolated gastric varices is described. A 75-year-old male presented with hematemesis and melena. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed isolated gastric varices. A CT scan revealed a mass predominantly involving the spleen and a small part of the pancreas.
CONCLUSION:
A splenic mass with isolated gastric varices should be kept in mind as one of the presentations of a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor.

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Department of Pathology, TN Medical College and BYL Nair Ch Hospital. Mumbai, India. joshirm@vsnl.net.

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Name: JOP : Journal of the pancreas
ISSN: 1590-8577
Pages: 444-5

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