Background: Cystic pancreatic neoplasms encompass a range of benign to malignant disease. Recommendations for surgical management vary. Methods: Records of patients with cystic pancreatic neoplasms from January 1996 through December 2005 were retrospectively reviewed. Results: Sixty resections were performed for 16 serous cystic neoplasms, 7 mucinous cystic neoplasms (MCNs), and 37 intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs). Twenty-five percent (15/60) of neoplasms contained invasive cancer. Patients with MCN or IPMN invasive neoplasms experienced significantly diminished overall 5-year survival compared to patients with IPMN carcinoma in situ neoplasms and to patients with MCN or IPMN adenoma/borderline neoplasms (22% vs. 73% vs. 94%, P = .004). Conclusions: Given the poor long-term survival of patients with cystic pancreatic neoplasms containing invasive cancer and the current difficulty to preoperatively distinguish among the various types of lesions in a reliable manner, our data support an aggressive surgical approach to the management of cystic pancreatic neoplasms.
- Cystic pancreatic neoplasm
- Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm
- Mucinous cystic neoplasm
- Serous cystic neoplasm
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