Do not request surveillance investigations for patients with pancreatic cysts who are poor surgical candidates, irrespective of cysts nature and characteristics
Pancreatic cystic lesions are an increasingly common finding, usually incidentally detected at abdominal investigations requested for other indications, due to the increased quality of imaging modalities. Patients with asymptomatic pancreatic cysts who are medically unfit for surgery, or unwilling to undergo surgery, should not undergo further investigations, irrespective of cyst size and characteristics, as these are not expected to change the clinical management.
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Attention. Please note that these items are provided only for information and are not intended as a substitute for consultation with a clinician. Patients with any specific questions about the items on this list or their individual situation should consult their clinician.