Solid pseudopapillary epithelial neoplasm (SPEN) of the pancreas involving the distal body and proximal tail: A case report

Syed Saad Mujtahedi, Sunil Kumar Shetty, Flora Dorothy Lobo

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Abstract

Introduction and importance: Solid Pseudopapillary Epithelial Neoplasm (SPEN) of the pancreas is a rare cystic exocrine tumor of the pancreas most commonly occurring in women between 30 and 40 years of age. This case report aims to demonstrate the clinicopathological findings encountered and the management of a patient diagnosed with SPEN. Case presentation: An 18-year-old woman with gradually progressive and intermittent abdominal pain in the epigastric region presented to our outpatient department. Physical examination elicited tenderness to palpation in the epigastric area, and imaging findings suggested SPEN of the pancreas involving distal body and proximal tail region of the pancreas. The tumor was resected, and the diagnosis was confirmed on histopathology examination. Clinical discussion: SPEN is a slow-growing tumor with a low-grade malignant potential, found incidentally in asymptomatic patients and symptomatic patients present with abdominal pain. The average tumor size is about 4 to 6 cm in diameter. Imaging is essential for diagnosis, and distal pancreatectomy with splenectomy was the most commonly reported procedure. Conclusion: It is crucial to consider a diagnosis of SPEN in women with abdominal pain in the epigastric region as early surgical resection of the tumor results in resolution and excellent prognosis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105519
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Volume80
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 03-2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

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