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Primary Lymph Node Gastrinoma: A Rare Cause of Abdominal Pain in Childhood

Citak, Elvan Caglar MD*; Taskinlar, Hakan MD; Arpaci, Rabia Bozdogan MD; Apaydin, Feramuz Demir MD§; Gunay, Emel Ceylan MD; Tanriverdi, Huseyin MD; Akyurek, Nalan MD#

Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology: July 2013 - Volume 35 - Issue 5 - p 394–398
doi: 10.1097/MPH.0b013e318298de7e
Clinical and Laboratory Observations

Gastrinoma is a hormone-secreting tumor associated with the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. It is quite rare among children. The discovery of gastrinomas in unusual locations such as lymph nodes, bones, ovaries, and the liver poses a diagnostic dilemma as to whether the tumor is primary or metastatic. Here, we present a case of a primary gastrinoma within a lymph node.

Departments of *Pediatric Oncology

Pediatric Surgery



Nuclear Medicine

Pediatrics, Mersin University Faculty of Medicine, Mersin

#Department of Pathology, Gazi University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Elvan Caglar Citak, MD, Department of Pediatric Oncology, Mersin University Faculty of Medicine, Mersin, Turkey (e-mail:

Received September 21, 2011

Accepted April 6, 2013

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.