The presence of a large bulky pancreatic tumour in a young female should raise suspicions of the diagnosis of solid-pseduopapillary tumour of the pancreas.
Solid pseudopapillary neoplasms of the pancreas are uncommon, accounting for only 1-2% of all pancreatic neoplasms. These tumors are being detected at an increased rate, probably due to the increased awareness and the liberal use of imaging.
We report a case of a 28-year-old North African woman with no prior medical or surgical history diagnosed with solid pseudopapillary pancreatic tumor. Our immunohistochemical study demonstrated that the tumor cells were positive for CCK-2/gastrin receptors and that were highly expressed within the cytoplasmic area of the cells. Hence we attempted to raise a hypothesis and to establish a link between some female hormones which represents powerful regulators of the expression of CCK and their possible impact on the development of solid pseudopapillary pancreatic tumours in young women.
Published on: Jun 29, 2016 Pages: 15-17