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Arif A. Arif, Peter T.W. Kim, Adrienne Melck, Andrew Churg, Zachary Schwartz, Heather C. Stuart
(Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Am J Case Rep 2021; 22:e927761
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a multi-tumor syndrome in which affected patients develop malignancies that are rare in the overall population, such as tumors of neural or endocrine origin.
CASE REPORT: A 67-year-old woman with a clinical diagnosis of NF1 presented with abdominal pain and pneumoperitoneum. She underwent small-bowel resections for a perforated jejunal lesion and a second lesion in the ileum; pathology showed a neurofibroma at the site of the perforation and a 1-cm low-grade GIST, respectively. Additional staging with cross-sectional imaging identified a 3.7-cm pancreatic head mass and a 1.7-cm left adrenal mass; biochemical studies revealed elevated serum gastrin and urinary free metanephrines and catecholamines consistent with pheochromocytoma. Initial surgical management was a left posterior retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy. Postoperatively, gallium-68-DOTATOC PET/CT showed uptake in the pancreatic head and a 28-mm left thyroid nodule. Months later, she had an open pancreaticoduodenectomy. Pathology showed pheochromocytoma and a low-grade (G1) gastrinoma involving 2/8 peripancreatic lymph nodes (pT3pN1M0), respectively. Fine-needle aspiration biopsy of the thyroid nodule showed features consistent with a Hürthle cell neoplasm. Genetic testing identified a pathogenic mutation in NF1 and no mutations in BRCA1/2, CDC72, MEN1, or PALB2. The patient continues surveillance, with no evidence of recurrent disease.
CONCLUSIONS: We report the fifth case of gastrinoma associated with NF1 and the first to arise from the pancreas. This case of a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor was associated with multiple additional neoplasms. Neuroendocrine tumors found in NF1 should raise suspicion of other malignancies.