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July - September 2018, Volume 14, Issue 3
Case Report

Dima SO, Dumitrascu T, Pechianu C, Grigorie RT, Brasoveanu V, Sorop A, Lupescu I, Purnichescu-Purtan R, Croitoru A, Bacalbasa N, Tanase A, Tomescu DR, Herlea V , Popescu I

Prognostic Factors in Patients with Surgical Resection of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumours

Acta Endo (Buc) 2018, 14 (3): 389-393
doi: 10.4183/aeb.2018.389

Context. Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (PanNETs) are rare pancreatic neoplasms. PanNETs can be treated by multimodal approach including surgery, locoregional and systemic therapy. Objective. The aim of the present study is to evaluate predictive factors of overall survival in patients with PanNETs surgically treated at a single center. Subjects and methods. The study group consisted of 120 patients with PanNETs who had undergone surgery at the Center of Digestive Diseases and Liver Transplantation of Fundeni Clinical Institute, Bucharest, Romania. Surgical resection of the primary tumor was performed in 110 patients. Results. Tumor size > 2 cm (p=0.048) (90% CI) lymph node involvement (p=0.048), ENET grade (p<0.001), distant metastases (p<0.001), Ki 67 index (<2%, 2-5%, 5-10%, 10-20%, >20%) (p<0.001) were identified as significant prognostic factors for OS on univariate analysis. Using multivariate Cox proportional regression model we found that distant metastases and Ki 67 index were independent risk factors for the survival outcome. Conclusions. Surgery with curative intent should be considered in all cases if clinically appropriate and technically feasible. High grade (Ki67 index ≥10%) tumours were associated with a 2- fold increase in risk of death as compared to those with a Ki67 <10%

Keywords: pancreatic, neuroendocrine, surgery, prognostic factors

Correspondence: Alina Tanase MD, Fundeni Clinical Institute, 258 Fundeni street, Bucharest, 022328, Romania, E-mail: