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Heterotopic pancreatic tissue in gallbladder

Aylhin Joana Lopez Marcano, Jhonny David Gonzales, Jose Manuel Ramia, Soledad Alonso, Andree Kuhnhardt, Cristian Perna, Roberto De la Plaza.

The heterotopic pancreas (PH) is the atypical presence of pancreatic tissue without any anatomic or vascular continuity with the pancreas. PH is a rare condition that can be observed at any level of the gastrointestinal tract and even in other organs. Histopathological characterization of PH allows surgeons to distinguish it from other lesions. Although it is usually a benign and asymptomatic disease, it can occasionally cause complications (obstruction, hemorrhage, inflammation, or malignant transformation). In conclusion, localization in the gallbladder in the few cases of PH is very rare. We present two cases in which, after cholecystectomy indicated by other causes, in the pathological study of the surgical specimen, type 2 pancreatic tissue was found according to the Heinrich classification.

Key words: Gallbladder, pancreatic heterotopia, heterotopic pancreatic tissue, heterotopic pancreas, ectopic pancreas, pancreatic choristoma

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