Extraordinarily elevated CA19-9 in benign conditions: A case report and review of the literature

Akdogan M., Sasmaz N., Kayhan B., Biyikoglu I., DİŞİBEYAZ S., Sahin B.

TUMORI, vol.87, no.5, pp.337-339, 2001 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 87 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Journal Name: TUMORI
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.337-339
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: No


Carbohydrate antigen CA19-9 is commonly used in the diagnosis of pancreatic and biliary malignancies. However, increases in its level in benign conditions such as acute cholangitis or pancreatitis have also been reported. A 79-year-old woman presented with cholangitis and a pancreatic pseudo-cyst while showing elevation of CA19-9 up to 35,500 U/mL. The patient was adequately treated and at two months' followup the CA19-9 level had returned to normal.