What are the types of pancreatic cysts?

The most common type of pancreatic cyst is an intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN). These cysts form in the ducts between the pancreas and the intestine. They are also the most common precancerous pancreatic cyst.

Other types of pancreatic cysts include:

  • Mucinous cystic neoplasm. These cysts typically develop in women and form near in the body and left side (tail) of the pancreas. They are usually precancerous.
  • Solid pseudopapillary neoplasm. These cysts may form into cancer and are usually found in younger women.
  • Serous cystadenomas (SCAs). Almost all SCAs are benign, but they may cause symptoms like jaundice and abdominal pain. They typically have thick, fibrous walls.
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