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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 11  |  Page : 520-523

Autoimmune pancreatitis mimicking pancreatic cancer

1 Department of General Surgery, Fattouma Bourguiba Hospital, Monastir 5000, Tunisia
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Fattouma Bourguiba Hospital, Monastir 5000, Tunisia

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Mohamed Hammami
Department of General Surgery, Fattouma Bourguiba Hospital, Monastir 5000
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Context: Autoimmune pancreatitis is a particular type of pancreatitis of presumed autoimmune etiology, it is an entity distinct from all others forms of chronic pancreatitis, characterized by clinical, histopathological, radiographic, serologic and therapeutic features. This benign disease resembles pancreatic carcinoma both clinically and radiographically. Case Report: A 27-year-old man presented with obstructive jaundice and evocative image of pancreatic tumor. A pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple operation) was performed and pathological examination of the specimen diagnosed AIP. Patient responded well to a course of corticosteroids with resolution of clinical and biological disorders. Conclusion: Accurate and timely diagnosis of autoimmune pancreatitis is particularly important because steroid therapy is effective and pancreatic resection is not necessary.

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