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Case report
Small cell carcinoma of the pancreas: a rare neuroendocrine tumour
  1. Theakarajan Rajendran,
  2. Bhavana Katta,
  3. Oseen Hajilal Shaikh and
  4. Uday Shamrao Kumbhar
  1. Surgery, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education, Puducherry, India
  1. Correspondence to Professor Uday Shamrao Kumbhar; k26uday74{at}


Primary small cell carcinoma (SCC) of the pancreas is a rare disease with poor prognosis. Very few cases have been reported in the literature. It is a type of poorly differentiated variety of neuroendocrine tumours of the pancreas with specific immunohistochemical markers. Imaging is not diagnostic for disease, and diagnosis is mainly by biopsy. We report a rare case of SCC of the pancreas who presented with features of obstructive jaundice without any paraneoplastic features. The patient is planned for palliative chemotherapy because of metastasis and is under regular follow-up.

  • pancreas and biliary tract
  • neuroendocrinology
  • gastrointestinal surgery

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  • Contributors TR: drafting of manuscript. BK: collection of data. OHS: interpretation of data. USK: critical revision.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.