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Title: A multihormonal tumor of the pancreas producing neurotensin associated with the WDHA syndrome. Histology, histochemistry and origin
Issue Date: 1986
Publisher: Murcia : F. Hernández
ISSN: 0213-3911
Related subjects: CDU::6 - Ciencias aplicadas::61 - Medicina
Keywords: Histology
Abstract: A pancreatic tumor associated with severe LVDHA syndrome has been studied histologically and immunohistochemically. Light microscopy revealed that the growth pattern of' the tunlor varied greatly from zone to zone but with prevailing solid arrangement of the tumoral cells. The majority of the endocrine cells showed numerous eosinophilic, PTAH-positive, and argyrophilic secretory granules, that were ultrastructurally similar to those of normal and tumoral neurotensin-containing cells. A minority of the endocrine cells had secretory granules ultrastructurally different from the aforementioned ones, but these were not diagnostic on purely morphological grounds. Inside the tumor, immunol~istochemistryd emonstrated a majority of neurotensin-immunoreactive cells, sparse and small clusters of VIP-immunoreactive cells and few, dispersed pancreatic polypeptide-immunoreactive cells. Some structural and ultrastructural aspects of the tumoral stroma have also been reported. Ducts and solid masses of duct-like cells were also found, and small clusters and singly dispersed duct-like cells were seen invading the endocrine tissue and undergoing mitoses. Such features suggest that the tumor originated from precursors located in the medium-sized and small pancreatic ducts. Because of the multihormonal nature of the tumor, the role of neurotensin and VIP in producing the patient's symptoms is discussed and a synergistic action of the two hormones is suggested in causing the particularly severe WDHA syndrome.
Primary author: Bani-Sacchi, Tatiana
Bartolini, Giancarlo
Biliotti, Giancarlo
Published in: Histology and histopathology
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Number of pages / Extensions: 10
Rights: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
Appears in Collections:Vol. 1, nº 2 (1986)

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