Ectopic pancreas: CT findings with emphasis on differentiation from small gastrointestinal stromal tumor and leiomyoma
Radiology . 2009 Jul;252(1):92-100. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2521081441.
Ji Young Kim, Jeong Min Lee, Kyung Won Kim, Hee Sun Park, Jin Young Choi, Se Hyung Kim, Min A Kim, Jae Young Lee, Joon Koo Han, Byung Ihn Choi
Purpose: To describe the computed tomographic (CT) findings of ectopic pancreas and to identify the features that differentiate it from other similarly manifesting gastric submucosal tumors such as gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) and leiomyoma, which are the most common gastrointestinal submucosal tumors.
Materials and methods: This retrospective study was approved by the institutional review board and did not require informed consent. CT images of pathologically proved ectopic pancreases (n = 14), GISTs (n = 33), and leiomyomas (n = 7) in the stomach and duodenum were retrospectively reviewed. Analysis of the CT findings included evaluation of the location, contour, growth pattern, border, enhancement pattern, and enhancement grade of the tumor, as well as the presence of surface dimpling, prominent enhancement of overlying mucosa, and low intralesional attenuation. The attenuation of each lesion, the long diameter (LD), the short diameter (SD), and the LD/SD ratio were measured. Among these findings, statistically significant variables were determined by using the chi(2) test (to compare the categoric variables), the Student t test (for quantitative analysis), and the receiver operating characteristic curve (to determine the optimal cutoff of the LD/SD ratio).
Results: The typical location (prepyloric antrum and duodenum), endoluminal growth pattern, ill-defined border, prominent enhancement of overlying mucosa, and an LD/SD ratio of greater than 1.4 were found to be significant for differentiating ectopic pancreas from other tumors (P < .05 for each finding). When at least two of these five criteria were used in combination, the sensitivity and specificity for diagnosing ectopic pancreas were 100% (14 of 14) and 82.5% (33 of 40), respectively. When four of these criteria were used, a sensitivity of 42.9% and a specificity of 100% were achieved.
Conclusion: By using specific CT criteria, ectopic pancreas can be differentiated from small GIST or leiomyoma with a high degree of accuracy.
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