March 31, 2015
The American Gastroenterological Association has released a new guideline on the diagnosis and management of asymptomatic neoplastic pancreatic cysts, which recommends some significant changes regarding surveillance periods and surgery.
“Pancreatic cysts are a common occurrence that increases with age, but based on the best available evidence, the risk of developing into cancer is low,” Paul Moayyedi, MD, PhD, AGAF, a guideline co-author from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, said in a press release. “This AGA guideline represents a significant change in current clinical practice for managing pancreatic cysts because they advocate less frequent follow-up and a higher threshold before offering endoscopic ultrasound and/or surgery. Consistent use of the recommendations should decrease inadvertent harm to patients and reduce the costs of health care delivery.”