Asymptomatic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma masquerading as a rare primary pancreatic carcinoma. Diagnosis by percutaneous fine needle aspiration

R. Kolbusz, C. V. Reyes, M. Hakky, R. Gradini

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An unusual case of asymptomatic squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus metastatic to the pancreas, mimicking a rare primary pancreatic neoplasm, is reported. Percutaneous fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy of a pancreatic lesion showed aquamous cell carcinoma, which in the pancreas is virtually always metastatic in origin. This prompted a search for an occult primary elsewhere, resulting in the discovery of an esophageal neoplasm, which in itself is one of the least likely sources of pancreatic metastases. FNA biopsy was thus a useful and accurate diagnostic tool in establishing the true nature of the pancreatic neoplasm, sparing the patient unnecessary pancreatic surgery, with its attendant morbidity and hospital costs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-402
Number of pages4
JournalActa Cytologica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1988


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Anatomy
  • Histology

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