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Conservative management of adult pancreatic haemangioma: case study and literature review
  1. Tess Langmaid1,
  2. Samantha Ellis2,
  3. Leon Fisher3 and
  4. Charles Pilgrim1
  1. 1Department of General Surgery, Hepato Pancreato Billiary Unit, Alfred Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2Department of Radiology, Alfred Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  3. 3Department of Gastroenterology, Cabrini Health, Malvern, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tess Langmaid; t.langmaid{at}alfred.org.au

Abstract

Pancreatic haemangiomas are a rare cause of pancreatic lesions in adults. Diagnosis is challenging as they are seldom suspected and difficult to differentiate on imaging. Historically, pancreatic haemangiomas have been managed surgically despite their benign nature, largely due to diagnostic uncertainty. We present the case of a 69-year-old woman who, through combination of radiological, biochemical and endoscopic investigations, was diagnosed with pancreatic haemangioma and managed conservatively, avoiding the morbidity and mortality associated with surgical resection of a benign lesion.

  • general surgery
  • radiology
  • pancreas and biliary tract
  • gastroenterology

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  • Contributors All named authors have made substantial and individual contributions to the conception, development and/or critical revision of this manuscript. TL—conceptualisation and writing (original draft). SE—visualisation, supervision and writing (review and editing). LF—visualisation and writing (review and editing). CP—conceptualisation, project administration, supervision and writing (review and editing).

  • 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.

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