SSAT Patient Care Guidelines: Cystic Neoplasms of the Pancreas
J Gastrointest Surg (2007) 11:1225-1227
The Society for the Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Cystic neoplasms of the pancreas are uncommon but confusing diagnostic problems that are being encountered with greater frequency. They account for fewer than 10% of all pancreatic malignancies but up to 30% of pancreatic resections performed, and they encompass a spectrum of benign, premalignant (borderline), and malignant lesions. Although they are less common, it is important to distinguish cystic neoplasms from the far more prevalent entity of benign pseudocysts, which are usually associated with a clinical history and radiographic evidence of pancreatitis. Cystic neoplasms of the pancreas can be classified into four major categories.