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August 1942

SOLITARY CONGENITAL (DYSONTOGENETIC) CYST OF THE PANCREASREPORT OF A CASE

Author Affiliations

WHITE PLAINS, N. Y.
From the White Plains Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1942;45(2):206-212. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1942.01220020026003
Abstract

Solitary cyst of the pancreas has attracted widening interest among surgeons and pathologists, particularly during the last two decades. The number of cases reported in the medical literature testifies to the fact that this condition now must be considered relatively infrequent rather than rare of occurrence. These reports have added to our knowledge of the various clinical pictures of pancreatic cysts as well as of their surgical treatment. We are, however, far from a satisfactory understanding of the pathologic nature and the pathogenesis of these cysts. This deficiency is reflected in the many attempts to obtain a satisfactory classification of pancreatic cyst formation.

On the basis of the histologic picture, the differentiation is generally made between two main groups of pancreatic cysts: (1) true cysts, namely, those characterized by an epithelial lining of the cyst wall; (2) pseudocysts, or those in which an epithelial lining of the cyst wall is

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