Prevalence of incidental pancreatic cyst on upper endoscopic ultrasound

Authors Belen Marti­nez, Juan F. Martinez, Jose R. Aparicio.


Background This study aimed to determine the prevalence of incidental pancreatic cysts in patients undergoing upper endoscopic ultrasound without a known pancreatic abnormality.

Methods This prospective study was conducted in two hospitals in Spain and enrolled consecutive patients referred for upper endoscopic ultrasound for a condition unrelated to the pancreas.

Patients with a previous pancreatic anomaly, history of acute or chronic pancreatitis, evidence of acute pancreatitis, previous upper gastrointestinal surgery, or chronic abdominal pain suggestive of pancreatic origin were excluded. Univariate logistic regression was performed to evaluate individual covariates and the incidental pancreatic cyst risk.

Results A total of 298 patients were included, of whom 64 had pancreatic cysts (21.5%; 16.9-26.6%). The mean size of the cysts was 6.3±3.7 (range 3-25) mm. Six cysts (2%) were >10 mm and 16 (5.4%) were compatible with branch duct intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm. The pancreatic cyst prevalence was similar in the two hospitals and increased significantly with age.

Conclusion The prevalence of incidental pancreatic cysts during endoscopic ultrasound was very high in our study population.

Keywords Endosonography, epidemiologic studies, incidental findings, pancreatic cyst

Ann Gastroenterol 2018; 31 (1): 90-95

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