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Laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy for renal cell carcinoma metastasized to ampulla of Vater: A case report and literature review
Ann Hepatobiliary Pancreat Surg 2018 Feb;22(1):83-9
Published online February 28, 2018
Copyright © 2018 Ann Hepatobiliary Pancreat Surg.

Dominic Cheong1, Seoung Yoon Rho2,3, Ji Hong Kim2,3, Chang Moo Kang2,3, and Woo Jung Lee2,3

1Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 3Pancreatobiliary Cancer Clinic, Yonsei Cancer Center, Severance Hospital, Seoul, Korea
Received August 13, 2017; Revised August 13, 2017; Accepted August 31, 2017.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Renal cell carcinoma is the most common primary renal neoplasm in adults. Although renal cell carcinoma is known to spread to unusual sites, the ampulla of Vater is considered a rare site for metastasis. Here we present a case of renal cell carcinoma metastasized to the ampulla of Vater along with literature review. A 62-year-old Korean male had a history of hypertension and right-sided renal cell carcinoma diagnosed in September 2004, for which he underwent right radical nephrectomy in October 2004. The patient eventually underwent laparoscopic pylorus-preserving total pancreaticoduodenectomy in January 2017. The surgery was successful without postoperative complications. Previous studies have shown that surgical resection for solitary metastases of renal cell carcinoma can provide favorable survival rates. Our case report provides evidence that pancreaticoduodenectomy may be a treatment of choice for suitable patients with solitary renal cell carcinoma ampullary metastasis. A minimally invasive approach may result in early recovery of patient to be suitable for subsequent chemotherapy. Further evidence is needed to address the exact role of minimally invasive pancreaticoduodenectomy in renal cell carcinoma metastasized to the ampulla of Vater. (Ann Hepatobiliary Pancreat Surg 2018;22:83-89)
Keywords : Renal cell carcinoma; Pancreas metastasis; Laparoscopic; Pancreaticoduodenectomy


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