Pancreatic cystic lesions continue to pose diagnostic and management dilemmas for physicians. This may be related, in part, to the fact that these lesions represent a range of diagnostic possibilities, from inflammatory cysts and nonmucinous cysts to mucinous cysts, which may or may not have foci of invasive malignancy. Adequate characterization of cystic lesions is necessary to help devise a management plan. Moreover, patient-related factors such as comorbid conditions are often essential in deciding whether patients should be managed by a conservative approach of watchful waiting versus surgical resection, if so indicated. This review summarizes the recent advances in the management of pancreatic cystic neoplasms.
- cystic neoplasms of pancreas
- endoscopic ultrasonography
- endoscopic ultrasonography-guided FNA
- intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms
- mucinous cystic neoplasms
- serous cystadenomas