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Invited Commentary
January 2017

Mucinous Cystic Neoplasms of the Pancreas: A Surgical Disease

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of General, Visceral, and Transplantation Surgery, Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany
JAMA Surg. 2017;152(1):26. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.3596

The study by Postlewait and coworkers1 presents the largest series of surgically treated mucinous cystic neoplasms (MCNs) of the pancreas to date. Eight academic centers in the United States have contributed to this cohort, and the authors show an overall malignancy rate of 15% mostly associated with male sex, pancreatic head and neck location, increased size, mural nodules, and duct dilation as the major risk factors.