Cystic tumours of the pancreas are rare and incidental detections on diagnostic imaging. They are asymptomatic, small and some types may have a potential for malignancy. They are fluid-filled sacs with abnormal fluids produced by the lining of a tumour. Neoplastic and non-neoplastic are two broad categories of pancreatic cysts. The classification of the cysts is extremely important for their treatment. Symptomatic neoplastic cysts require therapy if they have a potential to turn malignant. Certain types of Cysts that are not removed have a potential to lead to invasive pancreatic cancer, which is fatal. It is important to differentiate tumours from pancreatic pseudocysts due to chances of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment.
Our team has extensive experience in the treatment of cystic tumours of the pancreas.Authored by Dr. Deepak Varma, MBBS, MS (General Surgery)
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