Primary ALK positive anaplastic large cell lymphoma of the pancreas

Yossi Cohen, Diana Libster, Gail Amir, Nurith Hiller, Nael Da'as, Dina Ben Yehuda, Aaron Polliack*

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Here we present an unusual case of anaplastic lymphoma kinase positive anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), appearing as a primary tumor of the pancreas which invaded into the adjacent duodenal wall, causing upper gastrointestinal bleeding. After complete resection of the tumor (Whipple's operation), the patient received 4 cycles of CHOP chemotherapy. Currently, 2 years after diagnosis the patient still remains lymphoma free. Primary ALCL of the pancreas is very rare and has only been reported on one previous occasion. Nevertheless, lymphoma should be considered in the differential diagnosis of pancreatic tumors and an attempt to obtain tissue diagnosis is always necessary before continuing with radical surgery, especially in young patients.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)205-207
Number of pages3
JournalLeukemia and Lymphoma
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • ALK positive lymphoma
  • Anaplastic large cell lymphoma
  • KI-1
  • Pancreas


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