P. Baltazar, A. Meirinha, R. João, J. Pina, H. Pinheiro, F. Fernandes, G. Falcão, J. Forte, A. Carvalho, E. Vigia, L. Pinheiro
The pancreas is a rare metastization site for renal cell carcinoma (RCC); this paper reports a rare presentation of metastatic RCC, of obstructive jaundice secondary to a solitary synchronous pancreatic metastasis; the authors review the existing literature on pancreatic metastization of RCC in what concerns etiopathogenesis, clinics and therapeutic options. A 53-year-old man was referenced to consultation for complains of weakness, dyspepsia, back pain, choluria, weight loss and jaundice; image exams revealed a single lesion on the head of the pancreas and a tumour in the left kidney; after elective pancreaticoduodenectomy and radical nephrectomy, histology revealed a RCC, and a metastatic lesion with endoluminal growth in Wirsung duct; the follow-up was uneventful with no evidence of recurrence at 6 months. Pancreatic metastization of RCC tend to occur many years after nephrectomy; computerize tomography imaging is the method of choice for its characterization; the R0 resection provide the longest disease-free survival possible; any patient with solitary metastatic RCC in the pancreas should be a candidate for complete surgical excision if technically feasible, for palliation and prognostic reasons.
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Published on 31/08/16
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