Computed tomography and fine-needle aspiration cytology for preoperative evaluation of cystic tumours of the pancreas
Article first published online: 6 DEC 2005
Copyright © 1993 British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd.
British Journal of Surgery
Volume 80, Issue 9, pages 1166–1169, September 1993
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Iselin, C. E., Meyer, P., Hauser, H., Kurt, A.-M., Vermeulen, B. J. M. and Rohner, A. (1993), Computed tomography and fine-needle aspiration cytology for preoperative evaluation of cystic tumours of the pancreas. Br J Surg, 80: 1166–1169. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800800934
- Issue published online: 6 DEC 2005
- Article first published online: 6 DEC 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 DEC 1992
Cystic neoplasms of the pancreas are rare. They may present as a mucinous (malignant or potentially malignant) tumour or as benign serous cystadenoma. Accurate preoperative diagnosis is therefore essential, as an asymptomatic serous tumour may safely be followed clinically for years, whereas mucinous tumours require aggressive surgery. Thirteen patients with cystadenoma and cystadenocarcinoma of the pancreas were reviewed and how best to improve the rate of preoperative diagnosis was considered. Fine-needle aspiration cytology and computed tomography enable accurate preoperative distinction between mucinous and serous cystic tumours of the pancreas.