Intraductal tubulopapillary neoplasm (ITPN) is a rare pancreatic tumor belonging to a newly recognized entity that is coined in the 2010 WHO classification. We present a case of ITPN-associated microinvasive adenocarcinoma that developed in an asymptomatic 78-year-old patient. The tumor demonstrated all the clinical, radiological, and pathological characteristics of ITPN, but it differs from other reported cases of ITPN in molecular analysis, which revealed a somatic mutation in BRAF (c.1799T>A; p.V600E) but no mutation in PIK3CA. Post-operative recurrence was discovered 34 months after tumor resection with negative margins and a 6-month course of adjuvant chemotherapy. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of ITPN with BRAF mutation. This case suggests that an activation of RAS-mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling pathway may play a role in development of some of ITPNs. A possible mechanism of tumor recurrence in ITPN is also discussed. Further case series with molecular study are awaited to delineate the clinicopathological and molecular characteristics of ITPN.
- Intraductal tubulopapillary neoplasm
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