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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 464808, 3 pages
Case Report

Late Solitary Pancreatic Metastasis from Renal Cell Carcinoma: A Case Report

1Department of Surgery, Agios Dimitrios General Hospital, 54634 Thessaloniki, Greece
2Laboratory of Anatomy, Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences at Serres, Aristotelian University, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece

Received 28 March 2012; Accepted 25 May 2012

Academic Editor: Maxwell V. Meng

Copyright © 2012 Anastasios Katsourakis 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.


We report a case of a 70-year-old man with renal cell carcinoma and metastasis to the pancreas. Symptomatic patients usually present with obstructive jaundice, abdominal pain, or GI bleeding. The diagnosis usually occurs in asymptomatic patients during followup for renal cell carcinoma. It usually befalls slowly from 2 to 18 years after the onset of the primary tumor of the kidney. A 70-year-old man presented in our department with weight loss, anorexia, and elevated blood glucose, having a large tumor on the head of the pancreas treated successfully by pancreatoduodenectomy. Three years after his treatment, the patient is doing well and without recurrence of the tumor. In conclusion, metastasis of renal cell carcinoma to the pancreas is a rare neoplasm accounting for 0.25–3% of all pancreatic tumors.