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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


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I have severe sharp pain as soon as I begin to eat. The pain is NOT my stomache but just to the left of my stomache. Exactly where the pancrease (pancrelipase) sits.

I have severe sharp pain as soon as I begin to eat. The pain is NOT my stomache but just to the left of my stomache. Exactly where the pancrease (pancrelipase) sits.

Few possibilities: There are a few possibilities from pancreatic issues, to ulcers, and possibly gall bladder. See your doc or make an appointment with HealthTap to provide more detail. I'm available through the Concierge service all day. ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can thyroid effect the pancreas?

Hello docs. I was wondering can thyroid effect the pancreas?

Not really: When you are hyperthyroid, your metabolism speeds up. You gut is faster, and sometimes you hyperabsorb food, which can give some high post meal glucose values, but not really diabetes. Hypothyroidism can make you gain weight, which can lead to diabetes. So, in a sense, a hormone disorder can affect many things downstream, but there is no specific thyroid/pancreas interaction. ...Read more

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Day after Gb surgery had an abd MRI said there was fluid around my pancreatic neck prob due 2 surgery is that bad. Can my pancreas have something wron?

Day after Gb surgery had an abd MRI said there was fluid around my pancreatic neck prob due 2 surgery is that bad. Can my pancreas have something wron?

Normal: Post op day one there is always fluid where the gallbladder used to live, liver and or pancreas. Assuming you had an MRI post op day to look for stones, but this cannot say anything about the neck of the pancreas. If the stones were there they should be seen inside the common bile duct or pancreatic duct, but the fluid post op day one is inconclusive. ...Read more

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I have enlarged lymph nodes between pancreas and liver. I had enlarge lymph nodes in neck. Neg for Hodgkin a year ago . Should I be worried?

I have enlarged lymph nodes between pancreas and liver. I had enlarge lymph nodes in neck. Neg for Hodgkin a year ago . Should I be worried?

Not really: Enlarged lymph nodes of concern are either inflammatory or malignant. If nodes in neck which are a common site for lymphoma were neg. for Hodgkins, then the chance of other sites are minimal for lymphoma. Nodes between pancreas and liver are usually those draining the liver from inflammatory or malignant lesions of the liver. If scan of liveri neg for malignancy then nodes would be inflammatory ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with fatty liver disease, had lymp node removed from side of fsce they are in neck belly chest mass pancreas think sarcoids can be cance?

Was diagnosed with fatty liver disease, had lymp node removed from side of fsce they are in neck belly chest mass pancreas think sarcoids can be cance?

Talk to your doctor: It could be but we can not answer that . You had lymph nodes removed and it must have been examined by the pathologist and your doctor should have the report. Discuss it with your doctor what the reports say . ...Read more

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Would you put the appendix in this category? I have had thyroid and appendix cancer w/ ovarian involvement and my father died of pancreatic cancer.

Would you put the appendix in this category? I have had thyroid and appendix cancer w/ ovarian involvement and my father died of pancreatic cancer.

Not related: I am not familiar with any genetic syndromes that involve appendiceal, thyroid, and pancreatic cancer. Now, if the appendix was actually ovarian cancer that spread to the appendix, a mutation in the brca gene could account for the ovarian and pancreatic cancer. Talk it over with your oncologist, and stay up to date on your cancer screening. ...Read more

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I have had appendix cancer that spread & thyroid cancer. My dad had pancreatic cancer. I am curious about men1/2 & endocrine cancers. I'm only 37...?

I have had appendix cancer that spread & thyroid cancer. My dad had pancreatic cancer. I am curious about men1/2 & endocrine cancers. I'm only 37...?

Probably not: Appendix cancer is not part of any men syndrome. Pancreatic cancer can be, but it is a specific type called a neuroendocrine tumor. Likewise, the thyroid cancer in men syndromes is called meduallry carcinoma, which make up only about 10% of all thyroid cancers. ...Read more

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Are there any artificial pancreases (pancrelipase)?

Are there any artificial pancreases (pancrelipase)?

No: However, transplant of small cellular components of the pancreas which make the insulin, called islets, are done in a few experimental centers around the country. In addition, some patients can do well with an external artificial Insulin pump which delivers Insulin over a two day period and has to be adjusted less frequently than given Insulin shots. ...Read more

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What does a pancreatic neck echogenic lesion mean?

What does a pancreatic neck echogenic lesion mean?

Needs evaluation.: A reading of an ultrasound saying that you have an echogenic lesion simply means that there is an area of the pancreas that reflects ultrasound differently than the rest of it. It may turn out to be unimportant, but it is certainly something that you should have your doctor evaluate. Further testing may be necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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Pain & spasams mostly on rt side lower to upper abdomen. Worse when fully extended or deep breaths. Pain and spasms radiates back sholder & neck.

Pain & spasams mostly on rt side lower to upper abdomen. Worse when fully extended or deep  breaths.  Pain and spasms radiates back sholder & neck.

Get evaluated: It is very possible that you may have gallbladder stones that are causing the symptoms you are describing however without a complete evaluation in person by physician it is difficult to say. Additional lab work as well as imaging of that area is likely to occur, best of luck. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of fat around my waist, upper abdomen, back and below the nape of my neck.

How can I get rid of fat around my waist, upper abdomen, back and below the nape of my neck.

See Dr., and then...: Helpful weight loss diets have natural foods that take time to chew but contain few calories. Examples include carrots, celery, and iceberg lettuce (little/no salad dressing). When shopping for fruits, buy small ones no bigger than a tennis ball, because fruits have sugar. Drinks without calories include water and green tea. A calorie is a calorie, but surely avoid sugar & simple starch calories. ...Read more

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I have real bad neck pain, headache and upper abdomen pain and nauseated what is wrong?

I have real bad neck pain, headache and upper abdomen pain and nauseated  what is wrong?

Multiple causes: Possibilities: muscle strain, tension and/or migraine headache, heartburn/gastritis. Have a thorough work-up with your dr to check for arthritis, peptic ulcer disease, gallbladder, blood pressure problems etc have a comprehensive exam including ekg and blood work up to check for anemia, diabetes, cholesterol, h pylori ab xray of neck, etc. ...Read more

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I have need having this headache, nausea feeling, neck stiffness, upper abdomen discomfort for the past 4 days. ?

I have need having this headache, nausea feeling, neck stiffness, upper abdomen discomfort for the past 4 days. ?

Those are vague &: ...non-specific symptoms that could indicate nothing more than a viral illness ("flu"). However, if these symptoms persist or worsen, leave you totally incapacitated, or if new symptoms develop, you should see a doctor. A good history, physical exam & appropriate diagnostic tests should provide the right diagnosis & treatment plan. Best wishes. Dr. Anne. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I have liquor, or food with high sugar, I am getting severe pain in neck and upper shoulders, almost immediately. Lasts for 20 min. Subsides and ends in soreness in upper abdomen.

Sometimes when I have liquor, or food with high sugar, I am getting severe pain in neck and upper shoulders, almost immediately. Lasts for 20 min. Subsides and ends in soreness in upper abdomen.

Referred pain?: Many of the organs in the abdomen (pancreas, stomach, intestines, gall bladder, liver) have inaccurately localizing pain receptors. There can be a problem in these digestive organs, but your body can mistakenly send the pain signals suggestive of shoulder problems). See your doctor next available, consider avoiding liquor, high sugar/carbohydrate foods, gluten, until then. ...Read more

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Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more


Dr. Patricia Foster
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more