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what does it mean that i have a spot on my pancreas?

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Dr. Stanley Schwartz
Endocrinology 52 years experience
May be nothing BUT..: Must rule out serious cause- tumor see gastroenterologist to review.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What can I do to get help for an enlarged pancreas?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
WELL, THE CAUSE IS: Important to find when adressing this problem. What caused it to get enlarged? Who are you seeing for this?
A 41-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what happens when the pancreas shuts down?

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Dr. Mary Maluccio
Surgical Oncology 27 years experience
Depends on sxs: Most organs in the body are quite resilient until late stages of a disease. The pancreas has two main functions: 1) to produce Insulin and 2) to make and transport enzymes into the gut that help digest food. When the pancreas "shuts down" or becomes insufficient it more likely refers to enzyme deficiencies and digestive problems that can be helped with supplements. Diabetes is different.
A 17-year-old male asked about a male:

What does a spot on the pancreas mean?

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Dr. Mankanwal Sachdev
Gastroenterology 22 years experience
Any number of things: A spot can be a "cyst"-or fluid collection. A tumor such as a lipoma, cancer or neuron doctrine tumor, a focus of inflammation or nothing. You should get an eus done.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Can it be possible for you to live without a pancreas?

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Dr. Jeffrey Ramkaransingh
Interventional Radiology 20 years experience
Yes: It is possible to live without a pancreas. Patients without a pancreas require life-long insulin shots, because the insulin-producing Islet cells are gone. This diabetes is often very difficult to manage. Also, these people need pancreatic enzyme supplements to help digest certain foods.
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I have a lump in my pancreas. Are they always bad?

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Dr. Harold Fields
Family Medicine 61 years experience
Cyst: No they are not always dangerous on occasion they are simple cysts but you do need to have it fully investigated

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