Pitfalls in Diagnostic Imaging of Cystic Pancreatic Masses: A Case of True Cystic Lesion Mimicking a Mucinous Cystadenoma

  • Simone Maurea Dipartimento di Scienze Biomorfologiche e Funzionali Via S. Pansini 5, 80131 Naples Italy. Phone: +39 081 746 3560/2039; Fax: +39 081 545 7081
  • Mario Fusari
  • Massimo Imbriaco
  • Luigi Camera
  • Pier Paolo Mainenti
  • Severo Campione
  • Michele Santangelo
  • Marco Salvatore
Keywords: Diagnostic Imaging, Neoplasms, Pancreas


Context Imaging characterization is a frequent topic in diagnostic evaluation of patients with pancreatic cystic lesions. Case report We present a patient with a true pancreatic cyst with internal septation in an adult female. The presence of the internal septum should be considered in the differential diagnosis, in fact in our case CT and MR imaging findings were incorrectly suggestive of mucinous cystadenoma. Conclusion True pancreatic cyst may show septate architecture and thus for imaging characterization this feature should be considered in the differential diagnosis of cystic pancreatic masses.


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MaureaS., FusariM., ImbriacoM., CameraL., MainentiP., CampioneS., SantangeloM., & SalvatoreM. (2012). Pitfalls in Diagnostic Imaging of Cystic Pancreatic Masses: A Case of True Cystic Lesion Mimicking a Mucinous Cystadenoma. JOP. Journal of the Pancreas, 13(1), 83-86. https://doi.org/10.6092/1590-8577/623