• Insulinoma

Our colleague Mayra did an ultrasound scan at our practice in Burton-Upon-Trent and characterised the mass prior to surgery for removal of the “limb” of the pancreas containing the insulinoma. The mass was approximately 1.5cm in diameter and in the right limb of the pancreas.

The mass was identified and carefully dissected with apparent gross margins. The associated part of the pancreas was removed to avoid the risk of leaving an area of the pancreas still producing enzymes but with no effective duct drainage into the intestines.

Histology was reported as Insulinoma, a carcinoma arising from the Beta cells in the pancreatic islets. This potentially malignant tumour may spread to the lymph nodes, liver, mesentery and omentum. It was not confirmed that we had achieved surgical margins around the mass, so regrowth was a possibility.

She did well with us at West Midlands Referrals post-op but developed diabetes about five months post-op. The owner controls this with insulin injections.

About a year on, she’s still doing well, and we plan to re-scan her before too long.

Warning: the images further down are not for the squeamish!

23rd September 2020