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01.12.2012 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2012 Open Access

World Journal of Surgical Oncology 1/2012

Primary small cell carcinoma of the pancreas: rare type of pancreatic cancer and review of the literatures

World Journal of Surgical Oncology > Ausgabe 1/2012
Dansong Wang, Yefei Rong, Wenchuan Wu, Dayong Jin
Wichtige Hinweise

Electronic supplementary material

The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1477-7819-10-32) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
Dansong Wang, Yefei Rong contributed equally to this work.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors' contributions

DSW, YFR and DYJ: Operating team and drafted the manuscript; WCW: operating team, post-surgery care. All authors read and approve the final manuscript.


Back ground

Primary small cell carcinoma of the pancreas (SCCP) is a rare malignancy with an extremely poor prognosis which accounts for 1 to 1.4 percent of all pancreatic malignancies.

Case presentation

We present the case of a 62-year-old man with a half-month history of upper abdominal discomfort who was diagnosed with SCC of the pancreatic tail. A Chest X-ray showed no evidence of primary lung tumor. The diagnosis of a SCCP was confirmed by post-surgery pathology and immunohistology. In our review of the published reports of SCCP, we only found a few cases reported in the literatures. The diagnosis of SCCP needs the post-surgery pathology and immunohistology and the prognosis of SCCP is extremely poor. There was a significant increase in median survival, from 1 to 6 months, in treated patients compared to patients treated only by symptomatic management. Chemotherapy was the most common treatment and the combination of cisplatin/etoposide was most frequently prescribed.


The accurate diagnosis of (SCCP) is necessary for determining prognosis and deciding appropriate therapy.
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