A Comparison of the Pathological Types of Undifferentiated Carcinoma of the Pancreas

Masahiro Shiihara, Ryota Higuchi, Wataru Izumo, Toru Furukawa, Masakazu Yamamoto

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Objectives This study aimed to identify the detailed clinicopathological features of undifferentiated carcinoma of the pancreas (UCP). Methods We investigated clinical, imaging features and the prognoses of 261 patients; 8 were our patients, and the remainder were identified by searching English-language articles in PubMed. Results We classified patients with UCP into 3 types based on pathological findings: Osteoclast-like giant cell-associated carcinoma, pleomorphic cell carcinoma (PLC), and spindle cell carcinoma. There were no remarkable differences in clinical, radiological features between these 3 types. However, PLCs were significantly more likely to be unresectable than were the other 2 types (P < 0.001). Patients with osteoclast-like giant cell-associated carcinoma achieved the best overall survival (OS) rates (P < 0.001), whereas those with spindle cell carcinoma had significantly longer OS rates than did those with PLC (P = 0.004). These OS patterns were maintained when considering only those patients who underwent resection. Patients with PLC had both lower curative resection and high lymph node metastasis rates (P = 0.029, P = 0.023). Patients who underwent resection had more favorable prognoses than did those who did not. Conclusions Surgery is the first choice for resectable UCP. Pleomorphic cell carcinoma is particularly malignant; postoperative treatment should be introduced immediately.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-235
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Feb 1


  • anaplastic
  • osteoclast
  • pancreas
  • pleomorphic
  • spindle cell
  • undifferentiated

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Hepatology
  • Endocrinology


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