Case Report

Surgery Today

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 430-435

Carcinoid tumors of the extrahepatic biliary tract: Report of four cases

  • Jae Hoon LeeAffiliated withDepartment of Surgery, College of Medicine, Hanyang University
  • , Kyeong Geun LeeAffiliated withDepartment of Surgery, College of Medicine, Hanyang University
  • , Young Ha OhAffiliated withDepartment of Pathology, College of Medicine, Hanyang University
  • , Seung Sam PaikAffiliated withDepartment of Pathology, College of Medicine, Hanyang University
  • , Hwon Kyum ParkAffiliated withDepartment of Surgery, College of Medicine, Hanyang University
  • , Kwang Soo LeeAffiliated withDepartment of Surgery, College of Medicine, Hanyang University

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Abstract

Carcinoid tumors located in the biliary tree are exceedingly rare, accounting for 0.2%–2% of all gastrointestinal carcinoids. This study describes four cases of carcinoid tumors of the extrahepatic biliary tract. Four carcinoid tumors arising in the common bile duct (Case 1, 59-year-old man), gallbladder (Case 2, 49-year-old man; Case 3, 65-year-old man), and ampulla of Vater (Case 4, 52-year-old woman) were studied. All of the cases were misdiagnosed before surgery as proximal bile duct cancer, stomach cancer with liver metastasis, gallbladder cancer, and adenocarcinoma of ampulla of Vater, respectively. The clinicopathological characteristics and clinical course were reviewed. Treatment depends on the location of the tumor and the extent of the disease. Aggressive surgical therapy with a curative intention therefore offers the only chance for cure and has to be considered whenever possible.

Key words

Carcinoid tumor Common bile duct Gallbladder Ampulla of Vater