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April 1963

Pancreatic Cysts and Pseudocysts: A Study of 15 Years' Hospital Experience

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Arch Surg. 1963;86(4):551-556. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1963.01310100035006

Introduction  Cystic lesions of the pancreas are relatively rare in any surgeon's practice and constitute a negligible percentage of hospital admissions. The former is borne out in 35 reports published between 1861 and 1949, only two of which reported on more than 40 patients; the latter is appreciated in view of an analysis of 2,142,631 hospital admissions in which cysts of the pancreas occupied 0.007% of cases.1 The limited experience of any single physician or group probably contributed significantly to the early confusion and controversy regarding proper treatment of these lesions. Since 1948, at least five series of 20 or more cases have made their appearance in the literature.2This work is a summary of 15 years' experience in the treatment of this condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; a total number of 20 patients with the diagnosis of cystic disease of the pancreas admitted

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