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What are Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms (IPMNs)?

John A. Chabot
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms (IPMNs) are a special type of abnormal tumor in the pancreas that have been identified as common precursors to pancreatic cancer. IPMNs are called "mucinous" because they produce large amounts of mucus within the pancreatic ducts. This mucus can clog and enlarge the ducts, sometimes causing pain and jaundice. However, IPMN can be present for long periods of time without spreading or causing any detectable symptoms. Often, IPMN is detected incidentally on imaging studies meant to explore an unrelated health issue.

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