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December 2016

Patient Data: 70 year old female

Clinical Info: Incidental finding


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Transverse image with a lesion in the corpus of the pancreas


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Longitudinal image of the mass showing some small cysts


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Transverse image showing a hypoechoic pancreatic tail and a dilatated pancreatic duct


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The mass has several cystic areas


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Transverse image showing a dilatated pancreatic duct in the tail distal to the mass


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Another transverse image showing atrophy of the pancreatic tail


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The lesion proved to be an IPMN Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN) is a type of tumor (neoplasm) that grows within the pancreatic ducts (intraductal) and is characterized by the production of thick fluid by the tumor cells (mucinous).Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms are important because if they are left untreated some of them progress to invasive cancer (transform from a benign tumor to a malignant tumor). Just as colon polyps can develop into colon cancer if left untreated. Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms can present an opportunity to treat a pancreatic tumor before it develops into an aggressive, hard-to-treat cancer.
Patient was referred to a centre that is specialized in pancreatic surgery

For more pancreatic lesions in corpus or cauda

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