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Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumours

  • Paul R. V. JohnsonEmail author
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Abstract

Pancreatic tumours are rare in children overall. Of those presenting in the under 20-year-old age-group, 30% are reported to be pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (PaNETs), although due to their frequently asymptomatic and indolent nature, PaNETs are probably under-diagnosed in children. Pa NETs are the second commonest manifestation of MEN1, occurring in up to 80% of patients. Although encountered infrequently, PaNETs can present significant diagnostic and treatment challenges for the paediatric endocrinologist and paediatric surgeon. This chapter aims to provide an overview of PaNETs and emphasises the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure optimal care for children with these rare endocrine tumours.

Keywords

Pancreatic tumours MEN 1 tumours Paediatric pancreatic tumours Endocrine tumours in children Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The author would like to acknowledge the contribution of Gerard Walls to this chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Academic Pediatric Surgery Unit, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, John Radcliffe HospitalUniversity of Oxford and Oxford Islet Transplant ProgrammeOxfordUK

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