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Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma associated with autoimmune pancreatitis

Case Rep Gastroenterol. 2011;5(2):378-85

Authors

Pezzilli R, Vecchiarelli S, Di Marco MC, Serra C, Santini D, Calculli L, Fabbri D, Rojas Mena B, Imbrogno A.

Source

Pancreas Unit, Department of Digestive Diseases and Internal Medicine, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Abstract

Autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP), in contrast to other benign chronic pancreatic diseases, can be cured with immunosuppressant drugs, thus the differentiation of AIP from pancreatic cancer is of particular interest in clinical practice. There is the possibility that some patients with AIP may develop pancreatic cancer, and this possibility contributes to increasing our difficulties in differentiating AIP from pancreatic cancer. We herein report the case of a 70-year-old man in whom pancreatic adenocarcinoma and AIP were detected simultaneously. We must carefully monitor AIP patients for the simultaneous presence of pancreatic cancer, even when a diagnosis of AIP is confirmed.

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