Pancreatic carcinoma associated with chronic calcifying pancreatitis in Taiwan: a case report and review of the literature

Pancreas. 1988;3(1):111-4. doi: 10.1097/00006676-198802000-00020.


A 62-year-old Chinese woman suffering from pancreatic carcinoma coexisting with chronic calcifying pancreatitis is reported. Ultrasonography and computed tomography disclosed multiple intraductal calcifications in the pancreatic head and body and a tumor at the tail. Laparotomy revealed cancerous peritonitis in addition to verifying the presence of calcifications at the head and body and a cancer at the tail. Histology confirmed adenocarcinoma. The incidence of pancreatic carcinoma in chronic calcifying pancreatitis varied from 0.8 to 25% in a thorough review of the literature. It is emphasized that patients with chronic calcifying pancreatitis should be closely followed for detection of possible coexisting pancreatic malignancies.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / complications*
  • Adenocarcinoma / pathology
  • Calcinosis / pathology
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / complications*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / pathology
  • Pancreatitis / complications*
  • Pancreatitis / pathology