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What are Pancreatic Intraepithelial Neoplasia (PanIN) lesions?

John A. Chabot
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Pancreatic Intraepithelial Neoplasia (PanIN) lesions, like IPMNs, are recognized as precancerous lesions. PanIN lesions can also affect the cells lining the pancreatic ducts, but are normally found in the smaller, side-branches and not in the main pancreatic duct. PanIN lesions are too small to detect with the naked eye and are often diagnosed by pathologists using microscopes after a biopsy.

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