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Pancreatic cystic neoplasms: Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and management

Authors
Asif Khalid, MD
Kevin McGrath, MD
Section Editor
John R Saltzman, MD, FACP, FACG, FASGE, AGAF
Deputy Editor
Anne C Travis, MD, MSc, FACG, AGAF

INTRODUCTION

Pancreatic cysts are diagnosed with increasing frequency because of the widespread use of cross-sectional imaging. Pancreatic cysts may be detected in over 2 percent of patients who undergo abdominal imaging with multidetector-row computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging for unrelated reasons, and this frequency increases with age [1,2].

This topic will review issues related to the evaluation and management of pancreatic cystic neoplasms, including serous cystic tumors, mucinous cystic neoplasms, intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms, and solid pseudopapillary neoplasms. The classification of pancreatic cysts, the diagnosis and management of pancreatic fluid collections, and more detailed discussions of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms of the pancreas are discussed separately:

(See "Classification of pancreatic cysts".)

(See "Walled-off pancreatic fluid collections (including pseudocysts)".)

(See "Endoscopic management of walled-off pancreatic fluid collections: Techniques".)

                   

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