Case Report
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World J Gastroenterol. Nov 14, 2005; 11(42): 6725-6727
Published online Nov 14, 2005. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v11.i42.6725
Unicentric Castleman’s disease of the pancreas with massive central calcification
Oliver Goetze, Matthias Banasch, Klaus Junker, Wolfgang E. Schmidt, Christian Szymanski
Oliver Goetze, Matthias Banasch, Wolfgang E. Schmidt, Christian Szymanski, Department of Medicine, St. Josef-Hospital, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Klaus Junker, Institute of Pathology, Bergmannsheil University Hospital, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany
Author contributions: All authors contributed equally to the work.
Correspondence to: Oliver Goetze, MD, Department of Medicine, St. Josef-Hospital, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany Gudrunstr, 5644791 Bochum, Germany.
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Received: January 29, 2005
Revised: April 15, 2005
Accepted: April 18, 2005
Published online: November 14, 2005

Unicentric Castleman’s disease of the pancreas is extremely rare, with only six cases described in the worldwide literature. An asymptomatic case of unicentric, hyaline, vascular-type Castleman’s disease (UCD) localized to the tail of the pancreas with central calcification imitating a primary neoplasm of the pancreas is presented. This is the first description of endosonographic and endoscopic retrograde pancreatographic findings of pancreatic UCD. Additionally, computed tomography, histological and serologic findings are reported.

Keywords: Unicentric Castleman’s disease, Calcification, Pancreas, Endoscopic ultrasound