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Chirurgia 2002 December;15(6):207-8

Copyright © 2002 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Heterotopic pancreas in the gallbladder

Guglielmi A., De Fazio M., Gentile A., Cipriani T., Caputi Iambrenghi O.


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The presence of ectopic pancreatic tissue has been reported with a variable incidence of autopsy studies; the most common locations are the stomach, duodenum and jejunum. A rare case of symptomatic heterotopic pancreatic tissue in the gallbladder is described. A 57 year-old female was admitted with upper abdomen pain; ultrasonography revealed slight thickening of gallbladder wall and cholecystectomy was performed. After 2 years follow-up the patient is asymptomatic. Three theories have been advanced to explain the occurrence of heterotopic pancreatic tissue.

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