Pancreatic cancer

Case contributed by Dr Christopher Burley


Pancreatic cancer on palliative chemotherapy. Increasing abdominal pain.

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Female

An obstructing pancreatic head mass measuring 35 x 42 x 55mm with severe pancreatic duct dilatation. No intrahepatic duct dilatation. The pancreatic head encases the superior mesenteric artery and near complete encasement of the portal vein and superior mesenteric vein. Several prominent local nodes within the small bowel mesentery. Nonspecific segment 4b hypodensity is unchanged. No other liver lesions or intrahepatic duct dilatation. The kidneys, spleen, adrenals and gallbladder are normal. Small splenic artery aneurysm is noted. There is moderate colonic fecal loading involving the ascending and transverse colon. No small bowel dilatation. No free gas.


The patient underwent successful alcohol ablation of the celiac plexus for palliative pain management.

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Case information

rID: 68594
Published: 7th Jun 2019
Last edited: 12th Oct 2019
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