Cystic neoplasms account for about 10% of all cystic lesions of the pancreas and less than 1% of all exocrine pancreatic neoplasms. The authors report 4 cases of pancreatic cystadenoma (3 women and 1 man; mean age 59 years; range: 41-72), 2 serous and 2 mucinous, treated over the period from 1999 to 2002. The main symptoms were hypochondrial pain in two patients and diffuse abdominal pain in one while the fourth patient was asymptomatic. The patients were studied clinically by CT, echotomography and angiography. In three cases the tumours were located in the pancreatic body-tail, and in one case in the head. Serum amylase, lipase and tumour markers were all in the normal range. Only in one case was there an accurate preoperative diagnosis of tumour; in the other cases, a histological diagnosis was possible after surgical resection. Surgical treatment depended on tumour localisation: duodeno-cephalopancreatectomy for tumours in the head and distal pancreatectomy with splenectomy for tumours located in the body-tail, Lymphadenectomy at levels I and II was performed in all cases. There was no postoperative mortality and only one female patient developed postoperative acute pancreatitis. During the follow-up CT scans showed no recurrence of the pancreatic tumours. In agreement with the international literature, we hold that all cystic tumours of the pancreas should be treated by surgical therapy, above all because of the major differential diagnosis problems they continue to present. Conservative treatment is justified only for well documented asymptomatic serous cystadenomas.
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|Titolo:||Cystadenoma of the pancreas: 4 cases in our clinical experience|
|Citazione:||Roviello, F., DE MARCO, G., Nastri, G., Cioppa, T., De Bartolomeis, C., Fotia, G., et al. (2003). Cystadenoma of the pancreas: 4 cases in our clinical experience. CHIRURGIA ITALIANA, 55(6), 907-912.|
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