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International Journal of Pancreatology

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 181–193 | Cite as

Intraductal papillary mucinous tumors of the pancreas

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  • Claudio BassiEmail author
  • Carlo Procacci
  • Giuseppe Zamboni
  • Aldo Scarpa
  • Giorgio Cavallini
  • Paolo Pederzoli
  • the Verona University Pancreatic Team
Review

Summary

Methods. Literature is thoroughly reviewed and compared to our own experience.

Results. Clinical history data do not appear to be useful in differentiating between benign and malignant cases. Usually IPMT patients are older than individuals suffering from chronic obstructive pancreatitis and tend to drink and smoke less. Malignant forms of IPMT are more frequently associated with diabetes, and pain seems to be more frequent in benign cases, although these findings are not confirmed in all reports. Also, laboratory tests are of little use, whereas imaging findings currently enable us to reach a correct diagnosis in about 70% of cases without differentiating in a reliable and definitive way the benign or malignant nature of the neoplasm. The WHO classification appears to be related to the different prognosis. Surgery, whenever possible, is the gold standard treatment.

Conclusion. IPMT are a recent established clinical entity embracing a spectrum of lesions ranging from benign to malignant infiltrating cases. The only recognized radical treatment is surgery. Despite diagnostic capacity based on clinical presentation and imaging techniques has becoming increasingly refined we are still incapable of identifying the different degree of malignancy preoperatively, if any. The lengthy mean survival after resection confirm the high potential cure rate of IPMT of the pancreas.

Keywords

Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Tumor Pancreatology Volume Uncinate Process Main Duct Branch Duct 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudio Bassi
    • 3
    Email author
  • Carlo Procacci
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Zamboni
    • 2
  • Aldo Scarpa
    • 2
  • Giorgio Cavallini
    • 3
  • Paolo Pederzoli
    • 3
  • the Verona University Pancreatic Team
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Endocrine and Pancreatic UnitUniversity Hospital “G. B. Rossi”VeronaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, Endocrine and Pancreatic UnitUniversity Hospital “G. B. Rossi”VeronaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Surgery and Gastroenterology, Endocrine and Pancreatic UnitUniversity Hospital “G. B. Rossi,” University of VeronaVeronaItaly

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