Korean J Pancreas Biliary Tract.  2016 Oct;21(4):232-238. 10.15279/kpba.2016.21.4.232.

Simultaneous Manifestation of Gangliocytic Paraganglioma and Heterotopic Pancreas of Ampulla of Vater Treated by Endoscopic Resection

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Daegu Fatima Hospital, Daegu, Korea. khsmhj@gmail.com
  • 2Department of Pathology, Daegu Fatima Hospital, Daegu, Korea.


Gangliocytic paraganglioma is an uncommon tumor of digestive system that is usually found in the second portion of duodenum. It is generally considered benign tumor, although few reports of local recurrences and regional lymph node metastases have been made. Gangliocytic paraganglioma is characterized by its histologic pattern including ganglion cells, spindle cells and epithelioid cells. Heterotopic pancreas, also known as ectopic pancreas, is a pancreatic tissue appeared outside of its normal location lacking anatomic or vascular connection with the pancreas. In duodenum, it is a relatively unusual lesion that may be found incidentally during surgery or endoscopy. We present a case of 39-year-old woman with gangliocytic paraganglioma combined with heterotopic pancreas in the ampulla of Vater successfully treated by endoscopic resection.


Gangliocytic paraganglioma; Heterotopic pancreas; Ampulla of vater
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