Introduction: Ectopic pancreas is defined as pancreatic tissue in an abnormal location with no ductal, anatomical, neuronal or vascular communication with the main body of the pancreas. The incidence of heterotopic pancreas in autopsy studies is approximately 0.6 - 15%, while the clinical incidence is 1 in 500 laparotomies. Ectopic pancreatic tissue can be present anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract.
Aim(s): Patients can present with symptoms but in the majority of the cases, the ectopic pancreatic tissue is an incidental finding in autopsy studies. However, about 40% of lesions can become symptomatic, most often in the fifth and sixth decade of life. The preoperative diagnosis via the currently available imaging exams is impossible. Despite its rarity, an ectopic pancreas should be considered in the differential diagnosis.
Materials and methods: We present the case of a 53-year-old woman where a sigmoid resection for chronic, symptomatic diverticular disease was performed and incidentally, a 2x3 cm tumor was found in the jejunum.
Conference: 10th Annual ENETS Conference 2013 (2013)
Category: Clinical cases/reports
Presenting Author: MD Christos Barkolias
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