Isolated pancreatic tuberculosis masquerading as pancreatic cancer

Gastroenterol Rep (Oxf). 2014 May;2(2):154-7. doi: 10.1093/gastro/gou017. Epub 2014 Mar 19.


Isolated pancreatic tuberculosis (TB) remains a rarity despite the high incidence of tuberculosis in many of the African and Asian countries. Presentation as discrete pancreatic mass often masquerades as pancreatic neoplasm and diagnosis may require histology. Extra-hepatic portal hypertension due to splenic vein thrombosis complicating pancreatic TB has been reported in the literature. We report here a case of isolated pancreatic TB with pancreatic head mass mimicking neoplasm with extra-hepatic portal hypertension. The possibility of TB should be considered in the list of differential diagnoses of pancreatic mass and an endoscopic, ultrasound-guided biopsy might help to clinch the diagnosis of this potentially curable disease.

Keywords: endoscopic ultrasonography; pancreatic cancer; pancreatic tuberculosis.

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