Periampullary cancer

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Periampullary cancer
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Ampulla of Vater

Periampullary cancer is a cancer that forms near the ampulla of Vater, an enlargement of the ducts from the liver and pancreas where they join and enter the small intestine.[1] It consists of:

1. ampullary tumour from ampulla of Vater

2. cancer of lower common bile duct

3. duodenal cancer adjacent to ampulla

4. carcinoma head of pancreas

It presents with painless jaundice which may have waxing and waning nature because at times the sloughing of the tumor tissue relieves the obstruction partially.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Periampullary cancer". Dictionary of Cancer Terms. National Cancer Institute. Retrieved 31 August 2013. Quoted material is in the public domain.