Cystic lesions of the pancreas are being recognized with increasing frequency and have become a common finding in clinical practice. Cystic lesions of the pancreas display a wide spectrum of histopathology and biologic behavior. Differentiating among lesions and choosing an optimal therapy is challenging, and evidence-based guidelines for diagnosis, management, and follow-up for cystic lesions of the pancreas are needed. This review describes the epidemiology and typical features of cystic lesions of the pancreas, including a summary of commonly used descriptive terms, as well as the primary issues in the differential diagnosis and management of these lesions.
Division of Gastroenterology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Reprint requests and correspondence: Myung-Hwan Kim, M.D., Division of Gastroenterology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, # 388-1 Pungnap-2 dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, 138-736, Korea.
Received June 18, 2007; accepted August 12, 2007.
CONFLICT OF INTERESTGuarantor of the article: Myung-Hwan Kim, M.D.
Specific author contributions: Hyoung-Chul Oh: planning, conducting, drafting. Myung-Hwan Kim: planning, conducting, drafting, corresponding author. Chang Yun Hwang: drafting. Tae Yoon Lee: data collection and review. Sang Soo Lee: planning, data review. Dong Wan Seo: planning. Sung Koo Lee: planning, conducting.
Financial support: None.
Potential competing interests: None.