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Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2012 Mar;41(1):103-18. doi: 10.1016/j.gtc.2011.12.016. Epub 2012 Jan 20.

Pancreatic cystic neoplasms: diagnosis and management.

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  • 1Gastrointestinal Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA.


PCNs are composed of a wide range of lesions from benign cysts to malignancies . Although a cross-sectional imaging provides a sensitive screening test, EUS with FNA and cyst fluid analysis greatly increase the diagnostic certainty. Cyst fluid CEA offers the greatest accuracy in the differentiation between mucinous and nonmucinous PCNs. In the future, endoscopic ablation therapy might offer an alternative to the traditional surgical approach.

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