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Chirurgia 2002 February;15(1):37-42

language: Italian

The cystic tumours of the pancreas. Description of three new cases and review of the literature

Cacciola R. A. S., Leaper D. J., Charnley R. M.


The Cystic tumours of the pancreas (CTP) are rarely observed. They are important because of the easy confusion with the more commonly observed pancreatic pseudocyst, and also for the high rate of curability once treated surgically. Three cases recently observed which underline the difficult diagnosis and potential risks in the treatment of the CTP are presented. A detailed revision of the literature with the most recent data regarding: classification, diagnosis and treatment of the CTP is also presented. Poorly specific symptoms and radiological features greatly affect the diagnostic process; a critical approach to cystic lesions of the pancreas associated with a high degree of suspicion will make the correct diagnosis easier. It is necessary to develop reliable protocols in order to reduce diagnostic mistakes and mismanagement of the CTP.

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