Author(s): Mayne AI, Ahmad J, Loughrey M, Taylor MA
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Abstract Primary sarcoidosis of the pancreas is extremely rare. Clinical presentation is often identical to that of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Preoperative diagnosis of primary pancreatic sarcoidosis is always challenging. We present a 52-year-old man who developed weight loss and obstructive jaundice. Abdomino-pelvic CT scan showed a mass in the pancreatic head. After hepatopancreaticobiliary MDT discussion, a Whipple's procedure was attempted but the mass was deemed unresectable due to invasion of the superior mesenteric vein. Upon completion of palliative chemotherapy, repeat imaging showed significant mass shrinkage. A reattempt Whipple's procedure was successfully undertaken. Histology showed changes of chronic pancreatitis and peripancreatic granulomatous inflammation with no evidence of malignancy and a diagnosis of sarcoidosis was made. Owing to the devastating nature of pancreatic adenocarcinoma, any mass in the pancreas must be thoroughly investigated before a definitive diagnosis is made.
This article was published in BMJ Case Rep
and referenced in Journal of Molecular Biomarkers & Diagnosis