Virchows Archiv

, Volume 444, Issue 5, pp 482–484 | Cite as

Mucinous non-neoplastic cyst of the pancreas accompanied by non-parasitic asymptomatic liver cysts

  • A. BrunnerEmail author
  • R. Ladurner
  • M. Kosmahl
  • G. Mikuz
  • A. Tzankov
Letter to the Editor


Cystic tumors of the pancreas are rare. Most common are intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms, serous cystic neoplasms, mucinous cystic neoplasms and solid pseudopapillary neoplasms [5]. Recently, a novel mucinous cystic lesion of the pancreas, so-called mucinous non-neoplastic cyst (MNC), was described [6]. MNCs are mainly located in the pancreatic head and have no obvious sex predilection. They are either detected incidentally or may present with abdominal discomfort or, rarely, obstructive jaundice. On gross examination, most lesions are macrocystic and well circumscribed, filled with blood or fluid and lack communication with the pancreatic duct system; microscopically, the cysts appear to be flat and lined by cuboidal epithelium without any signs of cellular atypia [6]. In contrast to mucinous cystic neoplasms of the pancreas, the most important cystic tumor in the differential diagnosis, MNCs do not seem to recur or undergo neoplastic transformation [6]. In view of all...


Pancreatitis Mucinous non-neoplastic cyst Mucinous cystic neoplasm Non-parasitic liver cysts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Brunner
    • 1
    Email author
  • R. Ladurner
    • 2
  • M. Kosmahl
    • 3
  • G. Mikuz
    • 1
  • A. Tzankov
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of PathologyMedical University of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryMedical University of InnsbruckAustria
  3. 3.Department of PathologyUniversity of KielGermany

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