Surgery: Current Research

ISSN - 2161-1076


Solid Pseudo-papillary Neoplasm of the Pancreas:A Rare Cause of Acute Pancreatitis

Michael A. Lopez*,Michael Sand,Matthew D’Alesssio

Solid pseudo-papillary neoplasms of the pancreas are rare tumors that typically affect women in the second to fourth decade of life. Although they are known to carry a low malignant potential and carry a favorable prognosis once removed, the presentation and treatment options can differ depending on the location and structures involved. In this case a 23 year-old female presented with an unusual cause for acute pancreatitis.

A high index of suspicion and through diagnostic studies revealed a pseudo-papillary neoplasm in the tail of the pancreas obstructing the pancreatic duct. Definitive treatment included laparoscopic resection of the tail of the pancreas and spleen.