Levels of CEA and Amylase in Pancreatic Cystic Lesions

How do cyst fluid carcinoembryonic antigen and amylase help differentiate among the common pancreatic cystic lesions?

Levels of CEA and Amylase in Pancreatic Cystic Lesions

Type of CystCEAAmylase
Pseudocyst↓ (< 192 ng/mL)↑ (> 250 U/L)
Serous cystadenoma
Mucinous cystic neoplasm
Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm

CEA, Carcinoembryonic antigen.

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