Acta Scientific Gastrointestinal Disorders (ISSN: 2582-1091)

Case Report Volume 3 Issue 2

A Diagnostic Dilemma of a Pancreatic Cyst in a 12-Year Old Child

Wilkinson B. Gacayan MD and Faisal K. Romancap MD FPCS*

Department of Surgery, Cotabato Regional and Medical Center, Philippines

*Corresponding Author: Faisal K. Romancap MD FPCS, Department of Surgery, Cotabato Regional and Medical Center, Philippines.

Received: December 31, 2019; Published: January 23, 2020



We present a 12-year old child who was admitted at the Emergency Department due to vague abdominal pain at the right upper quadrant and epigastric area with associated palpable mass and loose, watery stools. Initial workup included an abdominal ultrasound that revealed a hepatic abscess in the right lobe. With the presence of Entamoeba histolytica cyst on her stool exam, she was initially treated with metronidazole and antibiotic for amoebic liver abscess. Two weeks after treatment completion, severe abdominal pain recurred hence, she was re-admitted. An abdominal CT scan was requested that showed a large pancreatic head cyst. Because a cystic neoplasm cannot be ruled out, she was scheduled for intra-operative frozen section biopsy of the cyst wall before a possible excision or a roux-en-y cystojejunostomy. Frozen section biopsy of the cyst wall showed an epithelial lining within the cyst wall and subsequently a complete excision of the pancreatic head cyst was then performed. The unusual occurrence of the aforementioned condition in a young age group as well as the diagnostic and therapeutic dilemma in this case are therefore presented and discussed.

Keywords: Cystic Neoplasm of the Pancreas; Pancreatic Pseudocyst; Ultrasonography; Computed Tomography; Hepatic Abscess



Citation: Wilkinson B. Gacayan and Faisal K. Romancap. “A Diagnostic Dilemma of a Pancreatic Cyst in a 12-Year Old Child”. Acta Scientific Gastrointestinal Disorders 3.2 (2020): 17-19.


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