World J Gastroenterol. 2007 May 28; 13(20): 2892-2894.
Published online 2007 May 28. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v13.i20.2892.
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Ampullary adenomyoma presenting as acute recurrent pancreatitis
Tae-Hee Kwon, Do Hyun Park, Kwang Yeon Shim, Jeong Hoon Park, Suck-Ho Lee, Il-Kwun Chung, Hong-Soo Kim, Sang-Heum Park, Sun-Joo Kim, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Soon Chun Hyang University Cheonan Hospital, Cheonan, Choongnam 330-721, Korea
Hyun-Deuk Cho, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Pathology, Soon Chun Hyang University Cheonan Hospital, Cheonan, Choongnam 330-721, Korea
Received February 11, 2007; Revised March 3, 2007; Accepted March 15, 2007;
Adenomyoma is a term generally applied to nodular lesions showing proliferation of both epithelial and smooth muscle components. Despite its benign nature, ampullary adenomyoma is usually presented as biliary obstruction. Most cases are misdiagnosed as carcinoma or adenoma by preoperative endoscopic or radiologic procedure. Therefore, it is frequently treated with extensive surgery. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case in English literature of adenomyoma located in the peripancreatic orifice resulting in intermittent pancreatic duct obstruction and recurrent pancreatitis diagnosed by the endoscopic piecemeal resection.
Keywords: Ampulla, Adenomyoma, Acute recurrent pancreatitis, Endoscopic resection
Ampullary tumors, both benign and malignant, may present as acute recurrent pancreatitis[1
]. The most common benign cause of this situation is adenoma of the major papilla[2,3
]. Other benign masses of the major papilla presenting as acute recurrent pancreatitis are extremely rare[4-6
]. We describe a rare case of unexposed type ampullary adenomyoma presenting as acute recurrent pancreatitis.
A 74-year-old woman was admitted to our department due to severe epigastric pain for one day. She denied alcohol intake and use of any drugs or medications. Five years ago, she was admitted to our hospital for similar symptoms. At the time, serum chemistry analysis revealed 37/11 U/L (0-40 U/L) aspartate/alanine aminotransferase, 85 U/L (39-117 U/L) alkaline phosphatase, 1.3 mg/dL (0.2-1.2 mg/dL) total bilirubin, 4290 IU/L (60-160 IU/L) amylase, and 1526 IU/L (0-60 IU/L) lipase. Abdominal CT scan showed acute pancreatitis and multiple peripancreatic fluid collections. For personal reasons she refused further evaluation and was discharged after receiving conservative treatment for 1 mo. During the second admission, laboratory data revealed 47/49 U/L (0-40 U/L) aspirate/alanine amino transferase, 90 U/L (39-117 U/L) alkaline phosphatase, 0.7 mg/dL (0.2-1.2 mg/dL) total bilirubin, 1417 IU/L (60-160 IU/L) amylase, and 1353 U/L (0-60 IU/L) lipase. Other laboratory results were within normal range. Abdominal CT scan showed acute pancreatitis with peripancreatic fluid collections presenting as grade E. Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) showed a diffuse dilated common bile duct without any signal void. The pancreatic duct was unremarkable (Figure ). Because the terminal common bile duct (CBD) narrowing was suspicious, endoscopic retrograde choledochopancrea-tography (ERCP) was performed. Duodenoscopy showed the major papilla bulging into the duodenal lumen. The overlying mucosa was intact (Figure ).
MRCP showing a diffuse dilated common bile duct without signal void and the remarkable pancreatic duct.
Duodeno-scopy showing a bulged major papilla with overlying intact mucosa (A) and an even and firm nodular mass with mucosal and villous granularities origionating from the peripancreatic orifice after endoscopic biliary sphinctertomy (B) (the arrow indicates the main pancreatic duct orifice).
After endoscopic biliary sphincterotomy, an even and firm nodular mass with a granular and villous mucosa was seen originating from the peripancreatic orifice (Figure ). Multiple biopsies were taken from the mass. Though the distal common bile duct was diffusely dilated, there was no definite delay of passage after contrast injection. Subsequent endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) showed slightly elevated echogenic lesions on the major papilla (Figure ). There was no definite echogenic lesion in the gallbladder. Tentative pathologic diagnosis showed muscle proliferation without atypia. To confirm the diagnosis of unexposed type adenoma we performed a large-particle biopsy (piecemeal resection) using an electrocautery snare. After piecemeal resection, endoscopic pancreatic duct sphincterotomy was performed and a prophylactic pancreatic stent was inserted. Additional argon plasma coagulation (APC) was applied to obliterate remnant villous mucosa. No procedure-related complication occurred following the procedure. Histopathologic analysis of the resected specimen showed an admixture of numerous ductules and a prominent proliferation of smooth muscle in the duodenal submucosa. The ductules were lined by columnar epithelial cells (Figure ). There were no definite pancreatic acini in the pathologic findings. Based on the pathologic findings, the diagnosis of unexposed type ampullary adenomyoma was confirmed. Follow-up duodenoscopy showed a normal looking of major papilla orifice with scar change. The patient was doing well at the 1 year follow-up.
EUS showing slightly elevated echo-genic lesions on major papilla.
Histology of the resected spe-cimen showing nu-merous ductules in association with promi-nent proliferation of smooth muscle in the submucosa of the duodenum (insert, HE, × 2). The ductules were lined by columnar epithelial cells (HE, × 200).
Adenomyoma is a term generally applied to nodular lesions showing proliferation of both epithelial and smooth muscle components[7,8
]. It can occur anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract. Although it is most commonly found in the fundus of the gallbladder, it rarely occurs in the extrahepatic biliary tract, including the ampulla of Vater [8
Despite its benign nature, in previous reports, ampullary adenomyoma is usually presented as biliary obstruction[9,10
]. Most cases are misdiagnosed as carcinoma or adenoma by preoperative endoscopic or radiologic procedure. Therefore, it is frequently treated with extensive surgery[8,9
]. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case in English literature of adenomyoma located in the peripancreatic orifice resulting in intermittent pancreatic duct obstruction and recurrent pancreatitis diagnosed by the endoscopic piecemeal resection.
Unexposed type ampullary adenomyoma should be differentiated from chronic papillitis associated with benign conditions such as gallstones and duodenitis. Chronic papillitis may present as adenomatoid ductal hyperplasia with fibrosis and chronic inflammation[10
]. In contrast, the intraampullary mass in our case showed admixture of numerous ductules and prominent proliferation of smooth muscle in the submucosa of the duodenum, which was devoid of definite fibrosis.
It may be difficult to detect small ampullary lesions, especially if they do not protrude into the ampulla[1
]. Thus, endoscopic biliary sphincterotomy may be helpful in detection of the unexposed types of ampullary tumors, especially in cases of common bile duct dilatation in the absence of gallstones or in cases of unexplained recurrent pancreatitis[1,11
]. On endoscopic inspection, the unexposed type ampullary adenomyoma showed lobulated, firm, villous, and mucosal granularities. These endoscopic findings are rather nonspecific and may be observed in nonneoplastic conditions such as a choledochocele, impacted ampullary stones, or papillitis[12
]. Thus, endoscopic findings are by no means pathognomic, and tissue diagnosis is essential for accurate diagnosis[12
]. However, tissue samples obtained using conventional biopsy forceps may have a low diagnostic yield[11
]. Large-particle biopsy using an electric cautery snare has been shown to increase diagnostic accuracy as shown in previous studies[12
] and the patient discussed in this report.
In summary, unexposed type ampullary adenomyoma may be added to the list of rare entities causing recurrent pancreatitis.
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