Rapid Communication| Volume 47, ISSUE 12, e51-e54, December 2012

Lymphoepithelial cyst of the pancreas in female children—report of two cases


      Lymphoepithelial cyst (LEC) of the pancreas is almost always reported as a case report or in small series mostly in male adult patients with vague clinical manifestations and difficult pre-operative diagnosis. Between the years 2007 and 2012, two female children with LEC of the pancreas were operated on at the Children's Surgical Unit of Murtala Mohammad Specialist Hospital, Kano in northern Nigeria. Satisfactory outcomes were achieved after distal pancreatectomy and splenectomy in one and a Whipple procedure in the other. This benign lesion of the pancreas should be considered in the differential diagnosis of cystic lesions of the pancreas in children.

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