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November 1956


Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery, Methodist Hospital, and the Indiana University Medical Center.

AMA Arch Surg. 1956;73(5):894-896. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1956.01280050162030

SARCOMA of the pancreas is comparatively rare. We have found records of 203 cases of sarcoma or carcinosarcoma observed at autopsy.* However, only three cases have been reported which were successfully treated by radical pancreaticoduodenectomy.†

Our case is reported because of its rarity, the difficulty encountered in establishing an accurate diagnosis by frozen section biopsy, and the excellent progress of the patient after one year.

Report of Case  A 47-year-old accountant was admitted to the Methodist Hospital on Jan. 10, 1955. He had noticed generalized itching for about one month and diarrhea for two weeks. The stools were acholic. Jaundice became apparent about 12 days before admission to the hospital, but there was no pain. Weight loss was 12 lb. in 30 days.In 1933 and again in 1954 the patient passed small renal calculi, without apparent kidney damage. In 1946, diabetes was discovered and readily controlled by diet. The