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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-38

Granular cell tumour of the ampulla of Vater

1 Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, King Saud University Unit, Saudi Arabia
2 Departments of Gastroenterology, College of Medicine, King Saud University Unit, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Kamran Khalid
Departments of Surgery, College of Medicine, King Saud University Unit
Saudi Arabia
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PMID: 15793336

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Granular cell tumour (GCT) is a rare soft tissue neoplasm commonly encountered in the head and neck region, skin and subcutaneous tissue. GCT of the biliary system is most commonly reported in African-American females and usually presents as abdominal pain and obstructive jaundice. The neoplasm constitutes less than 10% of all benign tumours of the extra-hepatic biliary tree. No case of GCT involving the ampulla of Vater has been reported in the literature to date. We report a case of benign GCT involving the ampullary region in a 44-year-old Ethiopian male. Preoperative diagnosis was available on ERCP and deep biopsy. The patient was managed by debulking resection and biliary-enteric bypass and is symptom-free with no evidence of tumour progression after a follow-up of one year.


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2004 - Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
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