We report a case of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm confined to the dorsal (Santorini) pancreatic duct. A 51-year-old woman presented with a cystic lesion in the head of her pancreas and pancreas divisum. A biopsy taken during cyst-enteric drainage revealed dysplastic epithelium so the patient was scheduled for resection. At operation, excision of the entire dorsal pancreas was performed with preservation of the unaffected ventral pancreas and the spleen and its vessels. Over 6 years later she remains well with stable weight and a good quality of life. This case illustrates the benefits of anatomical preservation in pancreatic resection, and was performed some years prior to the only other reported similar case.

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