Hepato-biliary Pathology: Carcinoma of the Head of the Pancreas

01 June 2011
Presented by Harold Ellis


Carcinoma of the head of the pancreas


A 1959 autopsy specimen from a 67 year old man, admitted with a history of dull aching pain in the right side of his back for three months and jaundice for three weeks. The jaundice was clinically and biochemically obstructive in type. Laparotomy showed carcinoma of the head of the pancreas with hepatic metastases. A palliative bypass was performed. He made a good recovery and on discharge home was well and free from jaundice. Shortly afterwards he was re-admitted with ascites dying shortly thereafter.


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