Neuroendocrine neoplasms
Pancreatic polypeptide secreting tumors

Author: Deepali Jain, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 22 December 2017, last major update August 2012

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Definition / general
  • Rare endocrine neoplasm with high proportion of pancreatic polypeptide (PP) cells, which typically are more frequent in posterior head of pancreas (from ventral bud)
  • Not a WHO diagnosis
  • Asymptomatic despite high levels of the hormone in plasma
  • Note: PP cells are common in pancreatic endocrine tumors of other types
Case reports
Gross images

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Microscopic (histologic) images

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Endocrine tumor with trabecular pattern

Pancreatic nonfunctioning endocrine tumor

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A: PPoma showing abundance of PP immunoreactive cells (in black);
B: predominance of PP immunoreactive cells

Electron microscopy images

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Abundant basal accumulation of secretory granules

Differential diagnosis