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Arq Gastroenterol. 2008 Apr-Jun;45(2):169-77.

[Early pancreatic cancer: can the methods currently available identify this disease?].

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Secção de Endoscopia, Hospital das Clínicas, Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, RS.



Call attention of the gastroenterologists and surgeons on the patients with high risk of developing pancreatic carcinoma, and whether or not forms of surveillance and prevention of this disease, which can be applied to daily clinical practice. DATA SURVEY: It was used the database of PubMed (US National Library of Medicine), looked up the publications of recent years for the groups at risk, molecular biological testing and methods of image used in the identification of small tumors of the pancreas.


The survival rates of adenocarcinoma of the pancreas remain negligible, even after the significant advances in diagnosis by imaging, treatment and understanding of the molecular biology of this disease. Although embryonic strategies for surveillance and prevention for people with high risk of pancreatic cancer has developed.


This review summarizes how to identify people at high risk of developing this disease and what is the state of the art of genetic counseling and screening through techniques of image available.

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