Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : Background/Aims: In 2006, a TNM system for foregut neuroendocrine tumors has been proposed. Our study aimed to present the management of neuroendocrine tumors of pancreas according to this classification and to highlight some of its limitations. Methodology: Clinical, biochemical, radiological, surgical and pathological data were retrospectively collected on 22 consecutives patients, who underwent surgery for neuroendocrine tumors of pancreas between November, 1991 and September, 2005. These data were used to set the TNM. Results: After excluding 5 patients, the remaining 17 patients were analyzed. In 9 patients, with a mean age of 39 years, tumors were benign with a mean size of 1.8 cm, classed at stage I-IIa, whereas for 8 patients with a mean age of 57 years, tumors were malignant with a mean size of 6cm and were classed at stage IIb-IV. There were 3 deaths in stage IIb-IV, and none in stage I-IIa. Conclusion: TNM may be considered as a useful tool for prognostic stratification, but true benign tumors need to be excluded in order, to improve the classification. Size and age appeared as variables affecting malignant behavior and the prognosis. © H.G.E. Update Medical Publishing S.A.