Pancreatic cancer revealed by a Sister Mary Joseph´s nodule

Naoual El Omri, Fadwa Mekouar

PAMJ. 2020; 36:113. Published 22 Jun 2020 | doi:10.11604/pamj.2020.36.113.22486

Sister Mary Joseph's nodule is a metastatic of a primary cancer, usually adenocarcinoma and associated with poor prognosis. Here we report the case of a 48-year-old man, admitted to the hospital with six months history of epigastric pain without vomiting or externalized hemorrhage and without transit disorders in a context of alteration of the general state with weight loss. Clinical examination showed epigastric sensitivity with a painful umbilical nodule, firm and irregular (A). Laboratory tests revealed a cholestasis. His computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen showed a mass lesion at the tail of the pancreas measuring 45 mm enclosing the splenic artery with secondary ganglionic, hepatic, bone and peritoneal localization (B, C). The umbilical lesion biopsies revealed metastasis of the pancreatic adenocarcinoma (D). The patient received palliative chemotherapy.
Corresponding author
Naoual El Omri, Internal Medicine B, Mohammed V Military Teaching Hospital, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fes, Morocco (

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