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HPB Surgery
Volume 9 (1996), Issue 2, Pages 101-105
Case Report

Primary Extrahepatic Bile Duct Carcinoids

1Department of General Surgery & Organ Transplantation, University of Naples, "Federico II" School of Medicine, Naples, Italy
2Dept. of Radiology I, University of Naples, "Federico II" School of Medicine, Naples, Italy

Received 23 October 1993

Copyright © 1996 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. 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.


Biliary tact carcinoids are extremely rare: only ten cases have been reported up to now. The Authors describe a successfully treated carcinoid tumour ofthe proximal bile duct and review the literature about these rare malignancies.

Despite extensive preoperative work-up, including ultrasound, CT scan and ERCP, a definite diagnosis is hardly possible prior to histologic examination of the operative or necropsy specimen.

Due to the slow-growing nature and the non-aggressive behaviour of these malignancies, surgical resection followed by biliodigestive anastomosis should be the treatment of choice.