Endoscopic ultrasonography findings of pancreatic parenchyma for predicting subtypes of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms

Yuki Fujii, Kazuyuki Matsumoto, Hironari Kato, Tatsuhiro Yamazaki, Takeshi Tomoda, Shigeru Horiguchi, Koichiro Tsutsumi, Kenji Nishida, Takehiro Tanaka, Keiji Hanada, Hiroyuki Okada

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Background and aims: The subtypes of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs) are closely associated with the clinicopathological behavior and recurrence after surgical resection. However, there are no established non-invasive methods to confirm the subtypes of IPMNs without surgery. The aim of this study is to predict the subtypes of IPMNs using the findings of endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS). Methods: Sixty-two consecutive patients with IPMNs who underwent EUS before surgery were retrospectively reviewed. The following EUS findings were analyzed and their relationship with the subtypes was evaluated: diameter of the main pancreatic duct, cyst size, number of cysts, height of mural nodule, early chronic pancreatitis (CP) finding, fatty parenchyma and atrophic parenchyma. Results: The subtypes of IPMNs were as follows: gastric (G)-type 38 (61%), intestinal (I) -type 14 (23%) and pancreatobiliary (PB) -type 10 (16%). Fatty parenchyma was significantly associated with G-type (P < 0.0001). Early CP findings ≥2 and atrophic parenchyma were significantly correlated with I-type (P < 0.0001). PB-type was significantly associated with pancreatic parenchyma without early CP findings or fatty degeneration in comparison to the other subtypes (P < 0.0001). Using the above characteristic EUS findings, the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy were as follows: 63%, 92% and 74%, respectively, in G-type, 57%, 96% and 87% in I-type, and 90%, 94% and 94% in PB-type. Conclusions: The evaluation of EUS findings, especially focused on the pancreatic parenchyma, has the potential to predict the subtypes of IPMN.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)622-629
Number of pages8
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021


  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm
  • Subtype

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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