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Primary sarcoma of the pancreas, a rare histopathological entity. A case report with review of literature

Peter Ambe1*, Christian Kautz2, Shawqi Shadouh3, Silvia Heggemann4 and Lothar Köhler1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Surgery, St. Elisabeth Kreiskrankenhaus Grevenbroich, Akademisches Lehrkrankenhaus der RWTH Aachen, Germany

2 Department of internal medicine and oncology, St. Elisabeth Kreiskrankenhaus Grevenbroich, Germany

3 Institute of Pathology, St. Elisabeth Kreiskrankenhaus Grevenbroich, Germany

4 Medical Faculty, RWTH - Aachen, Germany

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World Journal of Surgical Oncology 2011, 9:85  doi:10.1186/1477-7819-9-85

Published: 3 August 2011

Abstract

Aims

primary pancreatic sarcomas represent an extremely rare histopathological entity accounting for less than 0.1% of all pancreatic malignancies. Pancreatic sarcomas tend to be more aggressive and have a poor prognosis.

Methods

the case of a 52 year old patient presenting with jaundice is presented and the available literature was reviewed.

Results

primary pancreatic sarcomas are extremely rare. Pancreatic sarcomas are more aggressive than other pancreatic neoplasms.

Conclusion

primary sarcomas of the pancreas are extremely rare, are aggressive and are associated with very poor prognosis.