Journal of Endocrinological Investigation

, Volume 15, Issue 7, pp 543–547 | Cite as

Improvement of metastatic endocrine tumors of the pancreas by hepatic artery chemoembolization

  • M. Nešović
  • J. Ćirić
  • S. Radojković
  • M. Žarković
  • M. Đurović
Case Report


We report the results of transcatheter intraarterial perfusion of liver with the emulsion of iodized oil and cytostatics performed as palliative treatment in three patients with hepatic metastases of pancreatic endocrine tumors. Two patients had insulinoma and one patient had glucagonoma. They were also treated by medical therapy from the time the diagnosis was made. Intraarterial perfusion of the liver was achieved by Lipiodol® emulsified with streptozotocin and 5-fluorouracil. Regarding these three patients therapeutic responses were different in duration of hormone secretion decrease. Relief of hypoglycemic attacks and a significant decrease of plasma immunoreactive insulin concentration within 12 months without any additional therapy was observed in the patient with insulinoma (case no. 2). This patient had slightly increased immunoreactive glucagon concentration from the time of diagnosis. A decrease of immunoreactive insulin levels in other patient with insulinoma and an increase in plasma glucose to the euglycemic range during two months allowed a reduction of doses of somatostatin analogue and diazoxide. Due to rapid progression of the disease, intraarterial perfusion of liver was repeated three months later with the same results. Remission of symptoms was partial in the case of glucagonoma. Immunoreactive glucagon levels were not changed and there was no significant benefit of the treatment. Intraarterial perfusion of liver with iodized oil and cytostatics could be an effective, safe and repeatable method of palliating symptoms of malignant pancreatic tumors, especially in inoperable but nonterminal cases. It could allow reduction of additional medical therapy, but success of the treatment is not predictable.


Chemoembolization insulinoma glucagonoma 


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© Italian Society of Endocrinology (SIE) 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Nešović
    • 1
  • J. Ćirić
    • 1
  • S. Radojković
    • 2
  • M. Žarković
    • 1
  • M. Đurović
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for EndocrinologyBelgradeYugoslavia
  2. 2.Institute for Oncology and RadiologyBelgradeYugoslavia

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