Cystic neoplasms of the pancreas

J Gastrointest Surg. 2013 Apr;17(4):645-53. doi: 10.1007/s11605-012-2072-6. Epub 2013 Jan 24.


Pancreatic cysts are being identified with increasing frequency due to a combination of increased awareness and more frequent use of cross sectional imaging. Cystic neoplasms of the pancreas range from completely benign to frankly malignant. Identifying pre-malignant cysts offers the opportunity to prevent the development of pancreatic cancer. This article reviews the presentation, workup, and non-operative and operative management of premalignant and malignant pancreatic cysts.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic
  • Humans
  • Pancreatic Cyst* / diagnosis
  • Pancreatic Cyst* / therapy
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms* / diagnosis
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms* / therapy