Korean J Gastrointest Endosc.  2005 Dec;31(6):437-442.

A Case of Synchronous Double Cancer: Klatskin's Tumor and Ampullary Adenocarcinoma

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Institute of Digestive Disease and Nutrition Korea University College of Medicine, Ansan, Korea. hslee60@korea.ac.kr


Multiple cancers in the extrahepatic biliary tree are relatively rare. Many such cases are a double cancer of the common bile duct and the gallbladder. We report a case of a double primary cancer that occurred synchronously at the hilum of the extrahepatic duct and the ampulla of Vater with a review of the relevant literature. A 57-year-old man was admitted to our institution after a 15 day of painless jaundice and a urine color change. Ultrasonography showed a dilation of both intrahepatic ducts. Upper endoscopy revealed a protruding ulcerative mass at the ampulla of Vater and endoscopic retrograde cholangiography showed a dilated common bile duct and a mildly dilatated pancreatic duct, but both intrahepatic bile ducts were not visualized. An upper abdominal CT scan showed a dilation of both intrahepatic bile ducts and an infiltrating mass at the bifurcation area. Magnetic resonance cholangiopanreatography showed narrowing bile duct lumen that was obstructed by the tumor at the hepatic duct bifurcation, which dilated both intrahepatic ducts. A histological examination of the ampulla of Vater revealed a well differentiated adenocarcinoma of the ampulla of Vater. The final diagnosis was a synchronous double cancer of Klatskin's tumor and an adenocarcinoma of the ampulla of Vater.


Klatskin's tumor; Adenocarcinoma of the ampulla of Vater; Synchronous double cancer
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