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Neuroendocrine tumour cells in the wall of a splenic artery aneurysm
  1. Anders E Henriksson1,
  2. Emanuela Vancea2,
  3. Peter Pitkänen2,
  4. Erik Wilander3,
  5. David Bergqvist4
  1. 1Department of Surgery, Sundsvall Hospital, Sundsvall, Sweden
  2. 2Department of Pathology, Sundsvall Hospital, Sundsvall, Sweden
  3. 3Department of Pathology, Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden
  4. 4Department of Surgery, Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr A E Henriksson
 Department of Surgery, Sundsvall County Hospital, SE-851 86 Sundsvall, Sweden; anders.henriksson{at}

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Neuroendocrine tumours are reported from the alimentary and respiratory tracts. A case of a 57-year-old man with an unsuspected histopathological finding of neuroendocrine tumour cells in the wall of a splenic artery aneurysm is reported.

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