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Revista Cubana de Pediatría

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GAMARRA SAMANIEGO, Ricardo Andrés et al. Pancreatic cancer in pediatric age. Rev Cubana Pediatr [online]. 2018, vol.90, n.4 ISSN 1561-3119.


Pancreatic malignancies in pediatrics are extremely infrequent, among them ductal adenocarcinoma and acinar adenocarcinoma. Survival in pancreatic cancer at five years is low.


To inform the medical community about an uncommon variant of pancreatic malignant tumor in pediatric age.

Case presentation:

Male patient of 17 yesar of age, of the black race, who attended consultation in July of 2017 for pain in upper abdomen, is considered a gastritis and is medicated with diet and antacids. Subsequently begins with recurrent abdominal pain, weight loss, anorexia, dyspepsia, and skin and mucous. Go to the gastroenterologist who indicates an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and perform the diagnosis of the tumor by transduodenal endoscopic biopsy. A large head tumor of the pancreas is operated on and resected together with the first, second and third portion of the duodenum (pancreatoduodenectomy). The tumor as a whole measured approximately 15 X 20 cm in diameter and was a complete surgery without residual microscopic lesion. The result of the biopsy indicated that it was an acinar adenocarcinoma of the poorly differentiated pancreas.


There are few cases published in the pediatric age with this variant of pancreatic tumor. The importance of surgery in the cure of the disease is documented.

Palavras-chave : acinar adenocarcinoma of the pancreas; pediatrics..

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