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African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
ISSN: 1680-6905
EISSN: 1680-6905
Vol. 11, No. 3, 2011, pp. 449-453
Bioline Code: hs11099
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2011, pp. 449-453

 en Pancreatic cancer in an 18-year-old boy
Kitara, DL & Wabinga, HR


We report a case of histopathologically proven pancreatic cancer in an 18-year-old boy. Complete blood picture revealed moderate normochromic normocytic anaemia with anisocytosis. Other laboratory results including liver function tests, renal functions tests, serum amylase, fasting blood sugar level and serum electrolytes were all of normal values. Abdominal US showed a focal mass of the pancreatic body and tail with involvement of the spleen and the transverse colon. Laparotomy confirmed the sonographic findings and demonstrated adhesions of the transverse colon to the mass at the splenic hilum. Histology of the mass showed a well differentiated adenocarcinona of the body and tail of the pancreas. This highlights the differentiation of pancreatic cancer from autoimmune pancreatitis and, to a lesser extent, other forms of pancreatitis and benign pancreatic lesions. Key words: Pancreatic cancer, laparotomy, distal pancreatectomy, ultrasonography.

Pancreatic cancer, laparotomy, distal pancreatectomy, ultrasonography

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