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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.
Visceral artery aneurysms are uncommon but clinically important owing to the risk of rupture and of intra-abdominal bleeding.1 There are several possible aetiologies, atherosclerosis being one, and often the cause is unknown or at least not stated.1 The case of a patient with two visceral artery aneurysms and unsuspected histopathological finding is reported.
A 57-year-old man presented with a 24 h history of increasingly severe upper abdominal pain. As an infant, he was operated on for an open Botalli duct. At the age of 20 years, he was conservatively treated for a pyloric ulcer. For the previous 2 years, he had been taking drugs for depression. On admission to hospital, his abdomen was tender with general guarding. A …
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