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Other tumors

Metastatic tumors to pancreas

Reviewer: Deepali Jain, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 29 November 2012, last major update August 2012
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● Secondary pancreatic tumors usually occur by direct extension, not metastatic spread
● Primary site of metastases most commonly lung and GI tract (Virchows Arch 2004;444:527)
● Metastases usually are multifocal and lack fibrosis
● Excise metastasis if patient has low surgical risk and curative resection is possible (J Korean Surg Soc 2011;80:278)

Gross images

Lung primary: adenocarcinoma

Micro images (metastases to pancreas)

Breast: invasive ductal carcinoma

Kidney: renal cell carcinoma excised 5 years previously; tumor was originally diagnosed as an endocrine tumor

Lung: adenocarcinoma

Lung: small cell carcinoma

Rectum: carcinoma

Skin: Merkel cell carcinoma

Cytology images (metastases to pancreas)

Left to right: prostatic adenocarcinoma, renal cell carcinoma, pulmonary small cell carcinoma, melanoma

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