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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 164-167

Unusual presentation of an insulinoma in an elderly male patient


Department of General Medicine, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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M Shetty
Department of General Medicine, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Telangana
India
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DOI: 10.4103/jpgm.JPGM_1165_20

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Insulinoma is a rare neuroendocrine tumor originating from hypersecreting beta-cells of islets of Langerhans in the pancreas. We report a case of 72-year-old male, with chronic alcohol abuse, presenting with atypical features like refractory recurrent secondary generalized seizures and behavioral disturbances with increased irritability, initially mistreated as alcohol withdrawal. Detailed history, particularly the relationship of the symptoms with food intake, made us think of other causes of seizures. Fasting biochemical investigations and localizing studies helped clinch the diagnosis. The tumor was localized with the help of endoscopic ultrasonography and whole-body Ga68-DOTANOC PET-CT. The patient was treated conservatively with diazoxide and is doing well on follow-up. The present case report emphasizes the importance of detailed clinical history, more so in atypically presenting cases of refractory seizures. Insulinoma can be medically managed despite surgery being the gold standard curative treatment.






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