Acute Recurrent Pancreatitis: A Possible Clinical Manifestation of Ampullary Cancer

  • Athanasios Petrou Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery; Churchill Hospital; Old Road, Headington; Oxford, OX3 7LJ; United Kingdom Phone: +44-1865.235.668 Fax: +44-1865.235.668
  • Konstantinos Bramis
  • Timothy Williams Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery; Churchill Hospital; Old Road, Headington; Oxford, OX3 7LJ; United Kingdom Phone: +44-1865.235.668 Fax: +44-1865.235.668
  • Alexandros Papalambros
  • Eleftherios Mantonakis
  • Evangelos Felekouras
Keywords: Adenocarcinoma, Pancreatic Neoplasms, Pancreatitis, Acute Necrotizing



Context Acute recurrent pancreatitis still poses diagnostic difficulties. The coexistence or moreover the causative relationship of carcinoma of the ampulla of Vater and acute recurrent pancreatitis is fairly rare. Case report We present a case of carcinoma of the ampulla of Vater that presented with acute recurrent necrotizing pancreatitis complicated with pseudocysts. A diagnosis of malignancy in the ampulla was only made after several ERCP attempts due to residual inflammation at the periampullary area. Conclusion Malignancy at the ampulla of Vater causing recurrent episodes of pancreatitis represents a realistic risk and attempts to diagnose the underlying cause should always take into account the possibility of cancer.



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Axial CT image demonstrating pseudocyst formation
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PetrouA., BramisK., WilliamsT., PapalambrosA., MantonakisE., & FelekourasE. (2011). Acute Recurrent Pancreatitis: A Possible Clinical Manifestation of Ampullary Cancer. JOP. Journal of the Pancreas, 12(6), 593-597.