Case Report A 70-year old female without significant past medical history was referred to our Gastroenterology Department due to abdominal pain and a big heterogeneous mass of the pancreatic body and tail found on an abdominal ultrasound (Fig. 1). Figure 1. Abdominal ultrasound: heterogeneous pancreatic mass. An abdominal computed tomography (CT) (Fig. 2) was performed and revealed, in the pancreatic body, a vascularized andheterogeneous mass with 66mm. Vascular locoregional structures and posterior gastric wall were slightly deformed bymass effect, however no signs of organ/vessels invasion were detected. Splenomegaly and loco-regional, retro-peritoneal and retro-crural ganglionic clusters were also described. Figure 2. Abdominal CT: vascularized andheterogeneous pancreatic mass. Therefore, an endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) was performed and documented, in the pancreatic body, a roundand well delimited large mass (> 6 cm), with markedly microcystic and hypervascularized echotexture (Fig .3A). Multiple large adenopathies with heterogeneous echotexture and marked adjacent vascularization, located in various ganglion chains (including the hepatic pedicle) were identified (Fig. 3B). Cervical adenopathies and large retro-cardiac and sub-carinal adenopathic conglomerates were also visualized. A diffusely enlarged spleen was also described. Figure 3A. EUS: large pancreatic mass (> 6 cm), with markedly microcystic echotexture. Figure 3B. EUS: Multiple large adenopathies. Quiz Discussion The pancreatic mass in EUS had the usual aspect of serous cystadenoma (SCA). Besides that, for better characterization of the pancreatic lesion, an abdominal magnetic resonance (MR) was performed and also found documented a multiloculated cystic mass, showing no areas of diffusion restriction, suggestive of serous pancreatic cystadenoma (Fig. 4). Figure 4. Abdominal MR: serous […]
Case Report A 50-year-old female patient without significant past medical history, presented with isolated GGT elevation (135U/L) and weigh loss (3Kg) in the past 6 months. Abdominal and pelvic MRI revealed a well-defined, round, hypervascular solid lesion, with 10mm, located in the pancreatic tail (Fig. 1). She was then referred to our clinical center. Figure 1. Abdominal and pelvic MRI – T2 (axial view): 10mm, well-defined, round, hypervascular solid lesion, located in the pancreatic tail. A 99mTc-sulfur colloid scintigraphy was done and did not show any uptake in the location of the lesion previously described (Fig. 2). Figure 2. 99mTc-sulfur colloid scintigraphy: no uptake in the location of the pancreatic lesion previously described. An EUS was therefore performed and a 12x7mm hypoechoic lesion was identified in the pancreatic tail. It was a round-shaped, well-defined, homogeneous intrapancreatic mass (Fig. 3). The lesion characterization was complemented by EUS-elastography, which displayed a homogeneous green elastographic pattern (Fig. 4). The remaining pancreas was unremarkable. EUS-FNB (Acquire – Boston Scientific; 25G, 1 pass) was performed. Figure 3. EUS (transgastric view): 12x7mm round-shaped, well-defined, hypoechoic, homogeneous lesion in the pancreatic tail. Figure 4. EUS – elastography (transgastric view): pancreatic solid lesion, with homogeneous green elastographic pattern. Quiz Discussion Cytoblock showed groups of CKAE1-AE3 negative and CD45 positive cells, supporting the diagnosis of an intrapancreatic accessory spleen (Fig. 5). Figure 5. Pathology – cytoblock (H&E; CKAE1-AE3; CD45): groups of CKAE1-AE3 negative and CD45 positive cells. Accessory spleen is a common benign congenital anomaly, with an […]
Case Report A 65-year old female was referred to our Gastroenterology Department due to persistent upper abdominal pain and significant weight loss (20Kg) over the previous year. CT revealed a large retroperitoneal hypodense mass, in contiguity with the pancreatic body and tail, with encasement of the celiac trunk and superior mesenteric artery. Endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) documented an extensive retroperitoneal hypoechoic lesion encasing the aorta, celiac trunk, common hepatic artery (Figure 1) and superior mesenteric artery (Figure 2), without vascular invasion (hyperechoic vascular wall interface was preserved), causing minimal compression of the pancreas. Figure 1. Endoscopic ultrasonography (transduodenal view): retroperitoneal hypoechoic lesion encasing the common hepatic artery, causing minimal compression of the pancreas. Figure 2. Endoscopic ultrasonography (transgastric view): retroperitoneal hypoechoic lesion encasing the superior mesenteric artery (AMS), without vascular invasion (hyperechoic vascular wall interface was preserved). Transgastric EUS-guided FNB (22G, Acquire, Boston Scientific) of the retroperitoneal mass was performed, coursing anterior to the aorta between the celiac trunk and the superior mesenteric artery (Figure 3). Figure 3. Transgastric EUS-guided FNB (22G, Acquire, Boston Scientific) of the retroperitoneal mass. Quiz Discussion Biopsy revealed spindle-shaped tumor cells and clusters of ganglion cells, with an eccentric large round vesicular nucleus and prominent macro nucleoli, consistent with ganglioneuroma (Figure 4). Figure 4. Cytology (Magnification: 400x; scale bar corresponds to 50 µm): Spindle-shaped tumor cells and clusters of ganglion cells, with an eccentric large round vesicular nucleus and prominent macro nucleoli (arrows). The retroperitoneum can host a wide spectrum of pathologies, including a […]
US Quiz of the Month
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US Quiz of the Month presents one or more striking ultrasound images in Gastroenterology that are meant to be a didactic challenge to readers. The clinical case is presented as unknown, with the diagnosis hinging on the correct interpretation and integration of the image and clinical data. Each month a new case is presented.
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