Solid-cystic (papillary-cystic) tumours within and outside the pancreas in men: report of two patients

Virchows Arch A Pathol Anat Histopathol. 1991;418(2):179-83. doi: 10.1007/BF01600295.


Solid-cystic (papillary-cystic) tumours (SCT) of the pancreas are distinctive neoplasms with a predilection for young female patients. This is the first detailed report describing the occurrence of SCT in two young male patients. Except for the extapancreatic occurrence of one of the tumours (in the retroperitoneal region behind the head of the pancreas), all other clinicopathological features were identical to those characterizing the SCT in women. Immunostaining was (at least focally) positive for Lu 5 (broad spectrum keratin marker), vimentin and alpha-1-antitrypsin. The tumours were negative for neuroendocrine markers (except for neuron-specific enolase), pancreatic hormones and enzymes, pancreatic stone protein, carcinoembryonic antigen, CA 19-9 and nuclear oestrogen and progesterone receptors. This report does not support the suggested female sex hormone dependence of SCT.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Keratins / metabolism
  • Male
  • Pancreatic Cyst / diagnosis
  • Pancreatic Cyst / metabolism
  • Pancreatic Cyst / pathology*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Vimentin / metabolism
  • alpha 1-Antitrypsin / metabolism


  • Vimentin
  • alpha 1-Antitrypsin
  • Keratins