What are Pancreatic Cysts?
Pancreatic cysts are abnormal fluid-filled growths on or in the pancreas. There are several types of cysts, many of which are benign (non-cancerous) and some of which are associated with pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas; please use the navigation on the left to access information about these different types. Cystic neoplasms of the pancreas include serous cystadenomas, mucinous cystadenomas, intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN), and cystically degenerated pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. This section will review the work up, diagnosis and management of each of these types of pancreatic cysts.
With improved access to high quality abdominal imaging, pancreatic cysts are being diagnosed with increased frequency. Pancreatic cysts are identified in 1-2% of patients undergoing CT or MRI of the abdomen for an unrelated indication. Inflammatory cysts arise in the setting of pancreatitis.