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Pancreatic Cancer

Atypical cells in the pancreas

08/10/2009

Question:

Are atypical cells in the lesion located on head of the pancreas cancerous? Must they be removed? How to manage if not cancerous?

Answer:

No lesion termed atypical are not cancerous. Atypical cells can arise from inflammation, however, sometimes atypical cells may represent early neoplastic process. We also worry that atypical cells represent cancer that was missed by the biopsy. If there is a mass in the pancreas and biopsy of this shows atypical cells than it is recommended to remove this.

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Response by:

Syed A Ahmad, MD Syed A Ahmad, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati