Background: Concerns exist about a conservative management of well-differentiated nonfunctioning small pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NF-PanNET) in young patients and when preoperative Ki67 proliferative index is ≥3%. Aim: To evaluate an association between age, tumor size and grading in patients with sporadic NF-PanNET who underwent curative resection. Methods: Patients who underwent surgery for sporadic NF-PanNET (excluding G3) were retrospectively analyzed. Linear regression analysis was performed to evaluate a possible correlation between continuous variables, whereas multiple logistic regression analysis was performed for determining predictors of NF-PanNET-G2. Results: Overall, 235 patients with NF-PanNET-G1/G2 were included. The median largest radiological diameter was 25 mm. Age correlated neither with tumor size (P = 0.675) nor with Ki67 index (P = 0.376). On multivariate linear regression analysis, factors independently associated with Ki67 index were NF-PanNET size (P = 0.031), perineural invasion (P = 0.004), microvascular invasion (P = 0.001) and necrosis (P = 0.009). The most accurate NF-PanNET size for predicting NF-PanNET-G2 was 25 mm. On multivariate analysis, a NF-PanNET size >25 mm was independently associated with the risk of having a PanNET-G2 (P = 0.025). Conclusion: No correlations exist between age and NF-PanNET size or proliferative index. Therefore, an a priori aggressive attitude is not justified in young patients with small NF-PanNET, as a long-life expectancy is probably unlikely to increase the risk of malignant transformation.
- Pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms
- Tumor size
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