Heterotopic Pancreatic Pseudocyst Radiologically Mimicking Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor

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Sarsenov D., TIRNAKSIZ M. B., DOĞRUL A. B., TANAS Ö., Gedikoglu G., ABBASOĞLU O.

INTERNATIONAL SURGERY, vol.100, no.3, pp.486-489, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 100 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.9738/intsurg-d-13-00242.1
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.486-489
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Heterotopic pancreas is a relatively common variant of foregut embryologic dystopia that can be described as pancreatic tissue found outside the normal anatomic location, being independent from vascular supply of normal pancreas. Having all features of pancreatic tissue except for the major duct structures, this ectopic tissue may be clinically recognized when pathologic changes take place. Inflammation, hemorrhagic or obstructive states, and eventually malignancy-related problems may become a diagnostic challenge for clinician and finally lead to consequences of misdiagnosis. In this article we will discuss a case of heterotopic pancreatic tissue located in gastric cardia, which was diagnosed preoperatively as gastrointestinal stromal tumor.