Pancreatic Cystic Lesions: A Challenging Entity in Children

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To the Editor:
Reports of pancreatic cystic lesions in general population have increased in recent years. They can be benign, predominating in early childhood, or malignant.1
Approximately 90% of true neoplastic cystic tumors appear in adults, carrying high malignancy potential. The majority of nonneoplastic cystic tumors are benign, with low prevalence.2 Congenital cysts are very rare nonneoplastic lesions,2–6 considered by some authors the least common pancreatic cysts.3–6
Extensive preoperative evaluation is recommended, although in most cases only histological confirmation allows a definitive diagnosis.2–6
We report 2 cases of pancreatic cysts in children and review the literature.
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