Cancer of the papilla of vater: Preoperative cryostatic examination of endoscopic biopsies to reduce risk and save time and money

G. Talamini, C. Bassi, G. Zamboni, M. Falconi, H. Abbas, P. Capelli, M. Pea, P. Pederzoli

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Abstract

A 55-year-old woman was admitted to the Verona University Hospital with jaundice. US and CT scans revealed an enlarged biliary tree but no evident mass. A duodenoscopy was performed and multiple biopsy samples were taken. Immediate clarification of the nature of the lesion was achieved by cryostatic examination of three biopsy specimens stained with hematoxylin and eosin. Within 24 h of admission the patient underwent a curative Whipple resection. The final pathological diagnosis confirmed the cryostatic diagnosis of primary adenocarcinoma of the papilla of Vater. This ‘urgent’ approach to the diagnosis of suspected papillary tumors allows a reduction in operating time and cost.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-258
Number of pages3
JournalDigestive Surgery
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1995

Keywords

  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Cancer
  • Cryostatic sections
  • Duodenoscopy
  • Endoscopic biopsy
  • Papilla of vater

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Surgery

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