Journal Belge de Radiologie vol:73 issue:6 pages:453-7
Fourteen percutaneous transhepatic venous samplings of the pancreas were performed in 13 patients. Ten patients undergoing 11 samplings were operated, while 3 patients were not operated. Surgical intervention disclosed a single tumor in 8 patients, a double tumor in 1 patient and diffuse hyperplasia in 1 patient. The method allowed correct localization of 5 insulinomas and correct regionalizing of 4 insulinomas in 9 of 10 small tumoral lesions. In 1 double localization of the pancreatic body percutaneous venous sampling only detected 1 lesion. In 1 case of diffuse hyperplasia of the pancreatic tail, the venous sampling was suggestive for a tumor in the pancreatic tail. The method appears to be highly accurate in diagnosing and localizing insulinomas of the pancreas. However, a need persists for 3-dimensional localization of the lesions to facilitate enucleation. Intraoperative ultrasound could become the method of choice for localization of insulinomas.