Synchronous solid pseudopapillary neoplasm of the pancreas with intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma in a young male patient: An unusual deadly occurrence

Moshawa Calvin Khaba*, Nkomba Christopher Kalenga, Ramatsimele Rebothile Phetla, Victor Mngomezulu, Moses Aschenaz Balabyeki

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Abstract

Introduction and importance: Solid pseudopapillary neoplasm of the pancreas (SPN) is a tumour with low malignant potential, albeit with good prognosis. Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (iCCA) is a malignant and aggressive tumour with poor prognosis. Clinical presentation: We report a case of a 38 years old African male patient with abdominal pain for 5 years that worsened in the preceding 5 months. Radiology showed pancreatic and liver lesions which were thought to be malignant and benign, respectively. However, intra-operative and histopathological assessment confirmed SPN and iCCA which were contrary to radiological findings. Whilst surgery was uneventful, the patient died after 15 days. Clinical discussion: Whilst SPN is commonly seen in young females, it is rare in males and has been associated with aggressive behaviour. The prognosis is good, albeit the presence of metastasis. iCCA is rare in younger population notwithstanding the presence of risk factor. Combination of iCCA and SPT has not been described. Both these tumours do not share risk factors, pathogenesis or molecular alterations. Conclusion: The concomitant occurrence of these two pathologies in young male patient is unusual and preoperative diagnosis may be very difficult.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105841
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Volume82
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • African
  • Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma
  • Male
  • Solid pseudopapillary neoplasm
  • Young

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