Abstract

Somatostatinoma is a rare somatostatin-producing endocrine tumor, probably malignant. Due to its nonspecific symptoms such as vague abdominal pain, weight loss, or occult clinical features, misdiagnosis occurs. We report a case of pancreatic somatostatinoma with severe hypoglycemia. The patient had experienced severe hypoglycemic attacks for 11 months periodically. Contrast computed tomography scan revealed an isodensity mass about 2 cm in the head of the pancreas. Ultimately, a local excision was carried out as the tumor was located exactly on the surface of the pancreas. Somatostatinoma was established after immunohistochemical technique. The patient led a normal life without any complaint at 1 year follow-up.

Keywords

Pancreas, somatostatinoma, hypoglycemia