Portal Vein Resection for a Portal Vein Thrombus Caused by Nonfunctioning Islet Cell Carcinoma: Report of a Case
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- Bedirli, A., Patiroglu, T., Sakrak, O. et al. Surg Today (2004) 34: 802. doi:10.1007/s00595-004-2806-5
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We report a case of nonfunctioning islet cell carcinoma of the pancreas causing a tumor thrombus in the portal vein. The patient was a 60-year-old woman whose presenting symptoms were abdominal pain, vomiting, and weight loss. We performed a subtotal pancreatectomy and splenectomy combined with partial resection of the portal vein. Histopathological studies confirmed the diagnosis of nonfunctioning islet cell carcinoma of the pancreas with a tumor thrombus in the portal vein. The patient’s postoperative course was uneventful and she is doing well 25 months after the operation.