Reconsideration of operative indications in pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms

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Background: The incidence of pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasm (PNEN) has been increasing. Resection is typically indicated for PNEN, regardless of its size; however, the indications for its resection are controversial. This study aimed to evaluate the treatment results of surgical resection of PNEN at our institute. Methods: In this single-center, retrospective, case-control study, 87 patients who underwent PNEN resection and 17 patients with PNEN who did not undergo surgical resection between 1993 and 2020 were included in this study. Clinical characteristics and outcomes were reviewed and statistically compared. Survival was also estimated for the patients in each cohort. Results: Seventeen patients who underwent resection (20%) had lymph node metastasis. Tumors measuring ≥ 2.0 cm and multiple lesions were identified as independent predictors for lymph node metastasis (odds ratio [OR] 17.3, 95% confidence interval [CI] 3.0–100.0, p = 0.001 and OR 8.7, 95% CI 1.5–52.0, p = 0.018, respectively). There was a significant difference in the survival curves depending on the presence or absence of lymph node metastasis (5-year overall survival 74.7% vs. 94.3%, p < 0.001; 5-year recurrence-free survival: 66.3% vs. 93.6%, p < 0.001). All 17 PNEN cases under observation with a median 8 mm (range 5–23) tumor size for a median of 34 (range 2.4–114) months showed slight morphological change with a median tumor growth rate of 0.15 mm (range 0–3.33) per year. Conclusion: Patients with tumors measuring ≥ 2.0 cm have a high probability of lymph node metastasis or recurrence, thereby requiring resection. PNEN measuring < 1.0 cm may be acceptable for observation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number366
JournalWorld Journal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec


  • Function-preserving surgery
  • Lymph node metastasis
  • Operative indication
  • Pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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