Cystic tumours of the pancreas include a pathologically heterogeneous and rare group of tumours, which however have many common clinical features. They represent about 10% of pancreatic cystic lesions and 1% of all forms of neoplasms, thus having a certain relevance in organ surgery. So far two distinct categories of cystic tumours have been identified, the basically benign serous form and the potentially malign mucinous form, which may sometimes show malignant features as early as the diagnostic stage. As neoplasms are very difficult to interpret before operation, it is essential that diagnosis is as accurate as possible in order to streamline surgery, which will have to be carried out after histological tests have been performed on an adequate number of tumour sections. Basing on these two cases of cystic tumours of the pancreas and on current literature, the Authors discuss the effectiveness of imaging techniques, such as contrast echography, dosage of specific tumour markers and histological tests backed up by immunohistochemistry in identifying these neoplasms, in order to study this rare but interesting pathology more accurately.

Diagnostic and therapeutic implications in two cases of pancreatic cystic tumours: mucinous and serous

VERSACI, Antonino;MACRI', Antonio;ASCENTI, Giorgio;GROSSO, Maddalena;FAMULARI, Ciro
2005

Abstract

Cystic tumours of the pancreas include a pathologically heterogeneous and rare group of tumours, which however have many common clinical features. They represent about 10% of pancreatic cystic lesions and 1% of all forms of neoplasms, thus having a certain relevance in organ surgery. So far two distinct categories of cystic tumours have been identified, the basically benign serous form and the potentially malign mucinous form, which may sometimes show malignant features as early as the diagnostic stage. As neoplasms are very difficult to interpret before operation, it is essential that diagnosis is as accurate as possible in order to streamline surgery, which will have to be carried out after histological tests have been performed on an adequate number of tumour sections. Basing on these two cases of cystic tumours of the pancreas and on current literature, the Authors discuss the effectiveness of imaging techniques, such as contrast echography, dosage of specific tumour markers and histological tests backed up by immunohistochemistry in identifying these neoplasms, in order to study this rare but interesting pathology more accurately.
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