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Case report: osteoclast-like giant cell tumour of the pancreas without epithelial differentiation
  1. Tuomas Rauramaa1,2,
  2. Jukka Pulkkinen3,
  3. Pekka Miettinen3,
  4. Sakari Kainulainen4,
  5. Anders Seppä1,
  6. Vesa Kärjä1
  1. 1Department of Clinical Pathology, Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland
  2. 2Department of Clinical Medicine, Unit of Pathology, Kuopio University, Kuopio, Finland
  3. 3Department of Surgery, Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland
  4. 4Department of Radiology, Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tuomas Rauramaa, Department of Clinical Pathology, Kuopio University Hospital, PL 1777, Kuopio 70211, Finland; tuomas.rauramaa{at}

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Osteoclast-like giant cell tumour of the pancreas (OGTP) is very rare. According to previous case reports, a histologically recognisable pancreatic carcinoma often accompanies OGTP, leading to poor outcome. Pure forms of OGTP are believed to have a better prognosis, but these forms are suggested to be very rare, with only a few cases reported in the English literature.1 This report describes a 74-year-old Finnish man, whose present illness began with jaundice, itching and increasing upper abdominal pain. The clinical examination was negative except for jaundice. The abdominal CT revealed a partly cystic, partly solid tumour (size 4.2×3.7 cm) in the head of pancreas; the tumour was in a close contact with the portal vein, but apart from the …

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  • Funding EVO funding from Kuopio University Hospital.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.