International consensus guidelines 2012 for the management of IPMN and MCN of the pancreas

Masao Tanaka, Carlos Fernández-Del Castillo, Volkan Adsay, Suresh Chari, Massimo Falconi, Jin Young Jang, Wataru Kimura, Philippe Levy, Martha Bishop Pitman, C. Max Schmidt, Michio Shimizu, Christopher L. Wolfgang, Koji Yamaguchi, Kenji Yamao

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The international consensus guidelines for management of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm and mucinous cystic neoplasm of the pancreas established in 2006 have increased awareness and improved the management of these entities. During the subsequent 5 years, a considerable amount of information has been added to the literature. Based on a consensus symposium held during the 14th meeting of the International Association of Pancreatology in Fukuoka, Japan, in 2010, the working group has generated newguidelines. Since the levels of evidence for all items addressed in these guidelines are low, being 4 or 5, we still have to designate them "consensus", rather than "evidence-based", guidelines. To simplify the entire guidelines, we have adopted a statement format that differs from the 2006 guidelines, although the headings are similar to the previous guidelines, i.e., classification, investigation, indications for and methods of resection and other treatments, histological aspects, and methods of follow-up. The present guidelines include recent information and recommendations based on our current understanding, and highlight issues that remain controversial and areas where further research is required.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-197
Number of pages15
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2012


  • International guidelines
  • Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm
  • Mucinous cystic neoplasm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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