Primary pancreatic lymphoma is a rare cause of pancreatic mass: A case report

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BAYSAL B., KAYAR Y., Ince A. T., Arici S., TURKMEN I., Senturk H.

ONCOLOGY LETTERS, vol.10, no.3, pp.1701-1703, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.3892/ol.2015.3412
  • Journal Name: ONCOLOGY LETTERS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1701-1703
  • Keywords: primary pancreatic lymphoma, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, pancreas, endoscopic ultrasound, CANCER
  • Bezmialem Vakıf University Affiliated: Yes


Primary pancreatic lymphoma (PPL) is a rare entity, most likely to be clinically misdiagnosed as pancreatic cancer. The cure rate of PPL is higher compared with that of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. This is the case report of a 57-year-old male patient who was hospitalized with complaints of abdominal pain, weight loss and jaundice. The radiological evaluation revealed a pancreatic head mass and, following endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy, the tumor was diagnosed as diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. The final diagnosis was PPL, and the patient went into remission after receiving three cycles of treatment with rituximab, doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, vincristine and prednisolone (R-CHOP regimen). Therefore, PPL should be considered in the differential diagnosis of pancreatic masses and its management differs from that of other types of pancreatic tumor.