Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 272–274 | Cite as

Rapidly Progressing Malignant Insulinoma Presented with Multiple Liver Metastases: A Case Report

  • Erdogan Askin
  • Kose FatihEmail author
  • Akkaya Hampar
  • Neslihan Bascil Tutuncu
  • Ozyilkan Ozgur
Brief Communication



A 51-year-old female was admitted to emergency unit with sudden loss of consciousness. Her blood glucose level from fingertip was 33 mg/dl, and insulin level was 55 (normal range, 4–17 IU). Abdominal ultrasonography revealed pancreatic mass with diffuse liver metastases. Biopsy of liver metastases showed differentiated neuroendocrine carcinoma.

Methods and Results

Diazoxide and chemotherapy stabilized her glucose level for more than 4 months. However, the disease showed progression, and death occurred 8 months later.


In conclusion, this case may suggest that biologic behavior may differ from histological behavior in insulinoma and platin-based systemic chemotherapy may provide some benefit in patients those who had diazoxide- and octreotide-resistant tumors.


malignant insulinoma diazoxide chemotherapy rapidly progressing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erdogan Askin
    • 1
  • Kose Fatih
    • 2
    • 5
    Email author
  • Akkaya Hampar
    • 3
  • Neslihan Bascil Tutuncu
    • 4
  • Ozyilkan Ozgur
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of GastroenterologyBaskent UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Medical OncologyBaskent UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  3. 3.Department of PathologyBaskent UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  4. 4.EndocrinologyBaskent UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  5. 5.Adana Teaching and Medical Research CenterBaskent UniversityAdanaTurkey

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