Korean J Pancreas Biliary Tract.  2014 Apr;19(2):105-110.

Pancreatoblastoma in an Adult

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Busan, Korea. amlm3@hanmail.net
  • 2Department of Surgery, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Busan, Korea.


A blastoma is a type of cancer, which is common in children; it is caused by malignancies derived from in the precursor cells, often called blasts. Examples are nephroblastomas, retinoblastomas, pleuropulmonary blastomas, and pancreatoblastomas. Pancreatoblastomas are extremely rarely in adults. It is difficult preoperatively to distinguish this tumor from other pancreatic tumors including solid and papillary epithelial neoplasm of the pancreas (SPEN), acinar cell carcinoma, islet cell tumor, and ductal adenocarcinoma with cystic degeneration. To our knowledge, this case may be the second report of a pancreatoblastoma occurring in an adult in Korea. We report a case of a pancreatoblastoma that was confirmed by pathology, despite the radiologic finding that assumed it was a SPEN.


Pancreatoblastoma; Blastoma
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