Intracystic biopsy and diagnosis of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm via SpyGlass pancreatoscopy

Shoichiro A. Tanaka, John D. McKee, W. Charles Conway

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Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN) of the pancreas carries a risk of malignancy ranging from 15%-60%, depending on certain high-risk features. Diagnostic efforts often include radiographic imaging with computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography, and endoscopic ultrasound. Once IPMN has been diagnosed, the proposed indications for cyst resection are based primarily on size, main duct involvement, symptoms, and the presence of mural nodules. Diagnostic difficulty still remains, however, in patients with small lesions and with normal carcinoembryonic antigen levels, so alternative endoscopic modalities are needed. Case Report: We report a case of intracystic SpyGlass Direct Visualization System (Boston Scientific) evaluation and biopsy of an IPMN in a 74-year-old male patient who presented to our surgical clinic with a history of chronic pancreatitis and significant weight loss during the last 2½ years. Conclusion: In difficult diagnostic cases, SpyGlass pancreatoscopy can be quite useful because the device allows direct endoscopic visualization of the pancreaticobiliary ducts. Ductal pathology, including stones, strictures, and proliferative epithelial abnormalities, can be observed and even directly biopsied. Early experience in applying this technology to pancreatic cyst evaluation has indicated improved diagnostic accuracy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-454
Number of pages3
JournalOchsner Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


  • Carcinoma-pancreatic ductal
  • Image-guided biopsy
  • Pancreatectomy
  • Pancreatic neoplasms
  • Pancreatitis


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