Do consensus indications for resection in branch duct intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm predict malignancy? A study of 147 patients

Mario Pelaez-Luna, Suresh T. Chari, Thomas C. Smyrk, Naoki Takahashi, Jonathan E. Clain, Michael J. Levy, Randall K. Pearson, Bret T. Petersen, Mark D. Topazian, Santhi S. Vege, Michael Kendrick, Michael B. Farnell

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BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent consensus guidelines suggest that presence of ≥1 of the following is an indication for resection (IR) of branch duct intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN-Br): cyst-related symptoms, main pancreatic duct diameter ≥10 mm, cyst size ≥30 mm, intramural nodules, or cyst fluid cytology suspicious/positive for malignancy. Among a cohort of patients with IPMN-Br we determined if the consensus IR (CIR), presence of multifocal IPMN-Br, or growth of cyst size on follow-up predict malignancy. METHODS: We identified 147 patients with IPMN-Br of whom 66 underwent surgical resection at diagnosis and 81 were followed conservatively, of whom 11 were resected during follow-up. Clinical, imaging, histological, and cyst fluid characteristics from all 147 patients with IPMN-Br were obtained from clinical records and/or by contacting the patients. In all cases, presence of CIR at baseline and during follow-up (N = 66), presence of multifocal cysts (N = 57), and increase in cyst size (N = 38) were noted. RESULTS: Among the 77 resected IPMN-Brs, at initial evaluation 61 had at least one CIR and 16 had none. Malignancy was present in 9/61 (15%) with CIR and 0/16 without IR (P = 0.1). When presence of any one of the CIR was taken as an indicator of malignancy, the CIR had a sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of 100%, 23%, 14%, and 100%, respectively. Prevalence of malignancy in those with single versus multifocal IPMN-Br was similar (13% vs 11%). No patient has developed malignancy after a median follow-up of 15 months. So far, none of the 38 patients with increase in cyst size on follow-up has developed malignancy related symptoms. CONCLUSIONS: Suggested consensus indications for resection identify all patients with malignancy; however, their specificity is low. In the short term it would be safe to follow patients without these features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1759-1764
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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