Hong Kong Med J 2008;14:67-9 | Number 1, February 2008
Adenocarcinoma of the duodenum
CC Lee, WK Ng, KW Lin, TW Lai, SM Li
Department of Surgery, Princess Margaret Hospital, Laichikok, Hong Kong
Adenocarcinoma of the duodenum is an exceedingly rare disorder. Its vague and non-specific symptoms often lead clinicians and patients to suspect other more benign differential diagnoses. Improved endoscopy and radiology have enabled more of these cases to be unearthed. Definitive surgery is the only means of potential cure, with the prognosis being significantly better for node-negative patients. We present a case of a 52-year-old man who underwent a Whipple?s operation for this uncommon disease and a literature review of the subject.
Key words: Adenocarcinoma; Duodenal neoplasms; Pancreaticoduodenectomy; Prognosis
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