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HPB Surgery
Volume 2, Issue 3, Pages 165-175

Cystic Neoplasms of the Exocrine Pancreas

1Service de Chirurgie B, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne 1011, Switzerland
2lnstitut universitaire de Pathologie, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne 1011, Switzerland
3Service de radiodiagnostic, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne 1011 , Switzerland

Received 15 September 1989

Copyright © 1990 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cystic neoplasms of the pancreas are rare and their diagnosis and treatment can be difficult. This report details 7 patients who had histologically proven serous cystadenoma4, mucinous cystadenoma2 and cystadeno carcinoma1. Computed tomography and sonography allowed excellent preoperative assessment but to attempt a distinction between the histological variants may be hazardous. Two tumours were only autopsy findings and 5 patients underwent laparotomy. It is confirmed that potentially malignant mucinous cystadenomas and cytadenocarcinomas should be resected whenever possible; serous cystadenomas are always benign and should therefore be resected only when the diagnosis is doubtful or if they cause symptoms.