Table 2: Characteristics of different pancreatic cysts.


Sex distribution
Age40–6060–7020–3060–70All ages
Average size of cyst>3 cm<3 cm>3 cm>3 cm>3 cm
Morphologic characteristicsSeptations thickened wall macrocysticDilatation of PD micro/macrocysticMixed solid and fluid with hemorrhageMicrocysticUnilocular thick wall
FluidViscous, clearViscous, clearThin, bloodyThin, clearThin, dark
Malignant potentialYesYesYesNoNo

MCN: mucinous cystic neoplasm, IPMN: intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm, SPN: solid pseudopapillary neoplasm, SCN: serous cystic neoplasm, PD: pancreatic duct.