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HPB Surgery
Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 105-109
Case report

Villous Adenocarcinoma of the Duodenum Invading the Ampulla of Vater: Case Report and Review of Literature

Department of Surgery, University of Catania, Italy

Received 28 October 1993

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We report a case of villous adenocarcinoma of duodenum arising from the ampulla of Vater with a review of the literature. Although preoperative endoscopic biopsies were performed, no malignancy was identified. Because of the pathological uncertainty we decided to perform a pylorus-preserving pancreatoduodenectomy. Microscopic examination demonstrated glandular dysplasia with aspects of villous adenoma and well differentiated adenocarcinoma. We conclude that both in malignant cases and in cases with uncertain diagnosis a pylorus-preserving pancreatoduodenectomy is the best surgical treatment because it results in better 5 year survival.