Extrahepatic bile ducts
Papillary carcinoma

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PubMed Search: Papillary carcinoma[TIAB] extrahepatic bile ducts

Hanni Gulwani, M.B.B.S.
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Definition / general
Cite this page: Gulwani H. Papillary carcinoma. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/gallbladderpapillaryextrahepatic.html. Accessed December 9th, 2019.
Definition / general
  • Usually biliary phenotype but also intestinal
  • Often extends into pancreas or liver
  • Papillary carcinomas confined to ductal wall have better 10 year survival than adenocarcinomas confined to ductal wall
  • Better survival even if nodal metastases
  • Microsatellite instability is relatively frequent in papillary neoplasms of biliary tree (Mod Pathol 2002;15:1309)
  • Tumors may dedifferentiate
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