Pancreatic tuberculosis masquerading as pancreatic serous cystadenoma

Seung Goun Hong, Jae Seon Kim, Moon Kyung Joo, Kwang Gyun Lee, Key Hyeon Kim, Cho Rong Oh, Jong Jae Park, Young Tae Bak

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Solitary pancreatic involvement of tuberculosis is rare, especially in an immunocompetent individual, and it may be misdiagnosed as pancreatic cystic neoplasms. Pancreatic cystic neoplasms are being identified in increasing numbers, probably because of the frequent use of radiology and advances in endoscopic techniques. However, they are composed of a variety of neoplasms with a wide range of malignant potential, and it is often difficult to differentiate pancreatic tuberculosis mimicking cystic neoplasms from benign or malignant pancreatic cystic neoplasms. Non-surgical diagnosis of pancreatic tuberculosis is inconclusive and continues to be a challenge in many cases. If so, then laparotomy should be employed to establish the diagnosis. Therefore, pancreatic tuberculosis should be kept in mind during the differential diagnosis of solitary cystic masses in the pancreas. We report a patient who had solitary pancreatic tuberculosis masquerading as pancreatic serous cystadenoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1010-1013
Number of pages4
JournalWorld journal of gastroenterology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Feb 28


  • Cystadenoma
  • Pancreas
  • Serous neoplasm
  • Tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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    Hong, S. G., Kim, J. S., Joo, M. K., Lee, K. G., Kim, K. H., Oh, C. R., Park, J. J., & Bak, Y. T. (2009). Pancreatic tuberculosis masquerading as pancreatic serous cystadenoma. World journal of gastroenterology, 15(8), 1010-1013.