Pancreatic Cysts: Sinister Findings or Incidentalomas?

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Pancreatic cysts are common and are incidentally detected in up to 13.5% of individuals. Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN) and mucinous cystic neoplasm (MCN) are precursors to pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Most will never develop into pancreatic cancer. Several types of pancreatic cysts have no malignant potential. Solid tumors can present as a pancreatic cysts. Guidelines recommend surveillance. Management includes differentiating IPMNs and MCNs from other types, identifying those at highest risk of harboring pancreatic cancer or high-grade dysplasia, and referral to a multidisciplinary group for evaluation and consideration of surgical resection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-172
Number of pages10
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2019


  • IPMN
  • MCN
  • Mucin producing cyst
  • Mucinous cystic neoplasm
  • Pancreatic cystic neoplasm
  • Pancreatic cysts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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