Cystic Pancreatic Tumors
Kristine S. Burk, MD'Correspondence information about the author MD Kristine S. BurkEmail the author MD Kristine S. Burk, David Knipp, MD, Dushyant V. Sahani, MD https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mric.2018.03.006
Cystic pancreatic lesions are common and often incidentally detected on cross-sectional examinations of the abdomen. Most lesions are asymptomatic and benign. However, some carry a significant risk of malignant degeneration, so correct identification, complete characterization, and adequate follow-up/management of these lesions are paramount. MR imaging/magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography is an ideal single imaging modality for complete characterization and follow-up of cystic pancreatic lesions. This article discusses the epidemiology, pathology, and imaging characteristics of the most common cystic pancreatic neoplasms and concludes with a discussion of the most up-to-date follow-up imaging guideline recommendations.