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Cystic Tumors of the Pancreas

Cystic Tumors of the Pancreas

USC Surgery / Conditions / Cystic Tumors of the Pancreas

Cystic tumors of the pancreas derive their name from the presence of fluid in the tumor. The fluid is produced by the lining of the tumor that is abnormal and may give rise to cancer in some patients. Cystic tumors of the pancreas are uncommon and constitute about 2 percent of all pancreatic tumors. Appropriate diagnosis of these tumors is important since surgical removal of the tumor is associated with a high cure rate. Unresected (surgically not removed) tumors, particularly mucinous cystadenoma, can lead to invasive pancreatic cancer, a potentially fatal condition. An important consideration is the separation of these tumors from a condition called pancreatic pseudocyst, since cystic tumors are often misdiagnosed as pancreatic pseudocyst and inappropriately treated. Cystic tumors of the pancreas include:

  • Mucinous cystadenoma
  • Serous cystadenoma
  • Mucinous ductal ectasia
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