The Incidental Pancreatic Cyst

Alec J. Megibow, Mark E. Baker, Richard M. Gore, Andrew Taylor

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The discovery of a pancreatic cyst in an asymptomatic patient presents an immediate challenge to the interpreting radiologist, the clinician who manages the patient, and patients themselves. When a cyst is discovered on imaging in a patient without symptoms directly referable to the pancreas, the following questions are immediately raised: can the lesion be accurately diagnosed or is the appropriate management clear from the examination, is the best management approach to suggest watchful waiting with follow-up imaging, what is the best method for imaging follow-up, and what is the optimal frequency of follow-up? This article recommends an approach to analyzing patients with incidental pancreatic cysts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-359
Number of pages11
JournalRadiologic Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011


  • Incidental finding
  • MDCT
  • MRI
  • Management
  • Pancreatic cyst


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