PMID: 7084622Aug 1, 1982Paper

Tumors of the ampulla of Vater: early diagnosis by intraampullary biopsy during endoscopic cannulation. Two case presentations and a review of the literature

Gastroenterology
N L NakaoA M Gelb

Abstract

In 2 cases of ampullary tumor, the diagnosis was made by intraampullary biopsy after an abnormality was discovered via the fluoroscope during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. One case was a villotubular adenoma with dysplasia and carcinoma in situ, and the other, a polypoid adenocarcinoma of the ampulla of Vater. These tumors were not visualized on upper gastrointestinal barium studies and conventional duodenoscopy nor by direct vision during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. In the past the diagnosis of ampullary neoplasm has been most often made of surgery and on autopsy. Only in 11 of 538 patients reviewed was the diagnosis made by biopsy of a tumor visible at endoscopy. As demonstrated by the two cases we report, intraampullary biopsy of lesions visualized on fluoroscopy during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography may facilitate early diagnosis.

Related Concepts

Carcinoma, Cribriform
Adenoma, Trabecular
Bile Duct Carcinoma
Biopsy
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography
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Fluoroscopy
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