Ampulla of Vater
Benign/non-neoplastic
Gangliocytic paraganglioma

Author: Hanni Gulwani, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 22 January2016, last major update November 2012

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Cite this page: Gangliocytic paraganglioma. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/ampullaganglio.html. Accessed December 9th, 2016.
Definition / General
  • Rare tumor of periampullary region and second part of duodenum
  • Usually benign, rarely has local metastases of endocrine component but even these cases are indolent
  • May recur if incompletely excised
  • May derive from endodermal-neuroectodermal complexes in the embryonic ventral pancreas
  • Presents with GI bleeding or incidental finding
Case Reports
Clinical Images

Periampullary submucosal tumor and surface ulcer bleeding.

Gross Description
  • Usually 1-3 cm, sessile or polypoid, no capsule
Micro Description
  • Unencapsulated submucosal lesion
  • Triphasic, with epithelioid, spindle cell (Schwann cell like), and ganglion type cells of varying proportions resembling carcinoid tumor (endocrine type cells in compact nests and trabeculae), paraganglioma and ganglioneuroma
  • Usually infiltrative pattern
  • Variable stromal amyloid
Micro Images

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Various images


Ganglion-like (fig 3), spindle (fig 4A) & epithelial cells (fig 4B)

Positive Stains
  • Endocrine cells - pancreatic polypeptide, somatostatin
  • Ganglion cells - chromogranin, synaptophysin, neuron specific enolase, somatostatin
  • Spindle cells - S100
Electron Microscopy Description
  • Dense core granules
Differential Diagnosis
  • Ganglioneuroma
  • Paraganglioma
  • Carcinoid
  • Carcinoma
Additional References