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Metastatic tumors to pancreas

Topic Completed: 1 August 2012

Minor changes: 23 July 2020

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PubMed Search: Metastatic tumors[TIAB] pancreas[TI]

Deepali Jain, M.D.
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Cite this page: Jain D. Metastatic tumors to pancreas. website. Accessed August 3rd, 2020.
Definition / general
  • 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

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Lung primary: adenocarcinoma

Microscopic (histologic) images (metastases to pancreas)


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

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Breast: invasive ductal carcinoma

Rectum: carcinoma

Skin: Merkel cell carcinoma

Lung: adenocarcinoma

Lung: small cell carcinoma

Cytology images (metastases to pancreas)

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Prostatic adenocarcinoma

Renal cell carcinoma

Pulmonary small cell carcinoma


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