Pancreatic endocrine tumor with partial acinar cell differentiation: Case report
We examined a 70-year-old woman in whom a pancreatic endocrine tumor with partial acinar cell differentiation had been diagnosed. She had neither endocrine nor exocrine symptoms. The tumor was located in the pancreatic tail and measured 12.5×9.5×8 cm. It had a capsule, was composed of multiple adhesion nodules, and was elastically soft, medullary, and yellowish white. The neoplastic cells had large, irregular, oval nuclei; prominent eosinophilic nucleoli; and abundant eosinophilic cytoplasm with many fine granules. The cells had proliferated in islet-like solid medullary, trabecular, acinar, and papillary patterns. Most neoplastic cells were strongly positive for synaptophysin. 10 to 25% of the neoplastic cells were positive for α1-antitrypsin. Neuroendocrine and zymogen granules were simultaneously observed in the cytoplasm of the same neoplastic cells at the ultrastructural level. The tumor may be considered an amphicrine tumor.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Internal Medicine, 2: Surgery, and 3: Radiology, Mito Saiseikai General Hospital, Mito, Ibaraki, 4: First Department of Pathology, Juntendo University, School of Medicine, Tokyo, and 5: Department of Pathology, Prefecture Medical Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyoto, Japan
Publication date: 2006-10-01