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Z Gastroenterol. 1998 Nov;36(11):939-45.

[Cystic neoplasms of the pancreas: surgical therapy and chances for cure].

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Chirurgische Universitätsklinik, Abteilung für Allgemeinchirurgie, Universität Ulm.


Between 1986 and 1997 we treated 67 patients with 68 cystic tumors of the pancreas including 17 mucinous cystadenocarcinomas, four serous cystadenocarcinomas, 15 mucinous cystadenomas, 18 serous cystadenomas, ten intraductal papillary-mucinous tumors, three solid-pseudopapillary tumors, and one cystic neuroendocrine tumor. Regarding surgical therapy our results reveal a differentiated management with respect to the histological findings. While in benign tumors a local resection is adequate the cystadenocarcinomas require an extended resection. In general there is an indication for surgical therapy in all cystic tumors of the pancreas--not only in malignant neoplasias. A nonoperative management is not justified. With a mean follow-up of 35 months the prognosis of the patients with a benign cystic tumor was excellent revealing a mortality of 0% whereas survival of the patients with a cystadenocarcinoma was 67% at five years.

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