PANCREATIC cysts are still encountered so infrequently in the clinical experience of any one surgeon that the question of their proper treatment is still of interest. According to Berkay,1 pseudocysts of the pancreas constitute 40 per cent of all pancreatic cysts. Table 1 summarizes the experience of thirty-five contributors in the past, between the years 1861 and 1949, in which 306 proved pseudocysts of the pancreas were encountered and 40 of these, or 13.07 per cent, were completely excised. On the basis of these facts, the available literature has been summarized, the records of 209,813 consecutive patients admitted at the Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in the past twenty-five years studied and the following case report submitted.
Claessen2 in 1842 reviewed the literature and made a collection of individual case reports of pancreatic cysts. Friedreich3 in 1878 stated: "The treatment [of cysts of the pancreas] must be of
COLLINS DC. PSEUDOCYSTS OF THE PANCREAS; TOTAL EXCISIONReport of a Case. Arch Surg. 1950;61(3):524-539. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1950.01250020529012