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Malignant gastrointestinal neuroectodermal tumour arising in the extrahepatic bile ducts; a rare neoplasm in an unusual anatomic location
  1. C Quinn Miller1,
  2. Ahmad Al-Hader2,
  3. Gail H Vance3 and
  4. Chen Zhang1
  1. 1 Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  2. 2 Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  3. 3 Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  1. Correspondence to Chen Zhang; chenzhan{at}


Malignant gastrointestinal neuroectodermal tumour (GNET) is a rare, aggressive neoplasm with fewer than 100 cases reported in the literature. Most cases arise in the tubular gastrointestinal tract. We reported a unique case of GNET arising in the extrahepatic bile ducts and reviewed the literature of GNETs. The patient is a female in her mid-30s who presented with painless jaundice and diarrhoea several months after cholecystectomy for biliary dyskinesia. Workup revealed a tumour arising from the peripheral 4B bile ducts involving the left hepatic duct and bifurcation. Histologic examination of the lesion showed a malignant spindled and epithelioid neoplasm which strongly expressed S100 and SOX-10. Neoplastic cells were negative for various cytokeratins and melanoma markers. FISH testing using EWSR1 break-apart probes showed rearrangement of the EWSR1 gene region. The immunohistochemical and molecular findings are consistent with a diagnosis of GNET arising in the extrahepatic bile ducts.

  • hepatic cancer
  • pathology

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  • Contributors CZ is the guarantor of the content of the manuscript. CZ and CQM performed microscopic examinations. AA-H provided patients’ clinical data. GHV performed FISH analysis. All authors contributed to manuscript preparation.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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