Korean J Med.  2014 Sep;87(3):261-269. 10.3904/kjm.2014.87.3.261.

Radiologic Findings of Pancreatic Cystic Neoplasms

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  • 1Department of Radiology, Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. hongses@schmc.ac.kr

Abstract

With the widespread use of radiologic modalities such as ultrasonography (US), computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cystic neoplasms of the pancreas are being increasingly detected; however, developing an accurate characterization and making a differential diagnosis are difficult because of their overlapping morphologic characteristics. Serous cyst adenoma is a common benign neoplasm that is typically observed as a multi-cystic mass or lobulated cyst with or without internal septation. In comparison, mucinous cystic neoplasms appear as smooth cystic tumors with or without internal septation. Finally, intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms of the pancreas are pleomorphic cystic lesions or clubbed fingerlike tubular structures. These typical imaging findings can help clinicians differentiate cystic neoplasms of the pancreas.

Keyword

Pancreas cyst; Pancreas neoplasm; Pancreas CT; Pancreas MRI

MeSH Terms

Adenoma
Diagnosis, Differential
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Mucins
Pancreas
Pancreatic Cyst*
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Ultrasonography
Mucins
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