• Mass lesions in chronic pancreatitis: benign or malignant? An "evidence-based practice" approach.

      Gerstenmaier, Jan F; Malone, Dermot E; Department of Radiology, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland., j.gerstenmaier@svuh.ie (2012-02-01)
      The diagnosis of a pancreatic mass lesion in the presence of chronic pancreatitis can be extremely challenging. At the same time, a high level of certainty about the diagnosis is necessary for appropriate management planning. The aim of this study was to establish current best evidence about which imaging methods reliably differentiate a benign from a malignant lesion, and show how that evidence is best applied. A diagnostic algorithm based on Bayesian analysis is proposed.