In an article in this issue of the Archives, Haynes et al provide a definitive, timely, and topical report regarding pancreatic surgery. They describe their 32-year experience with nonfunctioning PETs, focusing on those identified incidentally. The past decade marks the advent of the incidentaloma era in pancreatic surgery; this series adds substantial knowledge to the topic. Of the resections in the series, 78.4% occurred after the year 2000, and incidental lesions outnumbered symptomatic lesions 5 to 1. Reviewing their robust experience, the authors pose questions with which we will struggle in the future.
Vollmer CM. Incidentally, It's Still CancerComment on “Implications of Incidentally Discovered, Nonfunctioning Pancreatic Endocrine Tumors”. Arch Surg. 2011;146(5):539. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2011.105