The National Pancreatic Cyst Registry | CEA
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High CEA levels are associated with malignant cysts, but most cysts with a high CEA level are benign.


Nearly one-third of patients with a malignant cyst have a CEA level lower than 192 ng/ml.

Benign Malignant

0-5 ng/uL 49 (92%) 4 (8%)
5-192 ng/uL 85 (92%) 7 (8%)
192-1000 ng/uL 71 (89%) 9 (11%)
>1000 ng/uL 55 (72%) 21 (28%)


A cyst’s mucinous status, as defined by an elevated CEA or any other definition, cannot predict the risk of cancer.


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