How many pancreatic cysts are out there and how to best manage them?

Victor Ciofoaia, Nadim G. Haddad, Jill P. Smith


The finding of an incidental asymptomatic cyst in the pancreas with routine radiographic imaging makes both patients and physicians question, “What level of ‘risk’ is acceptable for either surveillance or for an invasive intervention?” and “What price should be paid for the only approach we have to cure pancreatic cancer—early detection and adequate resection?” This topic has been the focus of several recent reviews (1-3).