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Total Pancreatectomy For Diffuse Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma

Case reports


A 64-year-old lady presented with a brief history of abdominal pain associated with obstructive jaundice. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography (ERCP) revealed a short segment stricture with contact bleeding and the brush cytology confirmed presence atypical cells. Ca 19.9 levels were markedly elevated. She was planned for a Whipple’s procedure but was instead subjected to a total pancreatectomy based on intraoperative findings of a diffusely hard and nodular pancreas. Histopathological examination confirmed our diagnosis of diffuse pancreatic adenocarcinoma. This rare presentation of a locally contained and fully resectable diffuse pancreatic adenocarcinoma is being discussed.