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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 612657, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/612657
Case Report

Arteriovenous Malformation of the Pancreas

3rd Department of Surgery, Attikon University Hospital, University of Athens School of Medicine, 1 Rimini Street, Chaidari, 124 62 Athens, Greece

Received 28 March 2011; Accepted 15 May 2011

Academic Editor: Michael Hünerbein

Copyright © 2011 Alexandros Charalabopoulos et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Pancreatic arteriovenous malformation (PAVM) is a very rare and mostly congenital lesion, with less than 80 cases described in the English-published literature. It is defined as a tumorous vascular abnormality that is constructed between an anomalous bypass anastomosis of the arterial and venous networks within the pancreas. It represents about 5% of all arteriovenous malformations found in the gastrointestinal tract. Herein, we present a 64-year-old patient with symptomatic PAVM involving the body and tail of the organ, which was successfully treated by transcatheter arterial embolization. The disease spectrum and review of the literature are also presented.