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Doctor insights on: How Are Pancreatic Cysts And Pseudocysts Generally Diagnosed

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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How are pancreatic cysts and pseudocysts typically treated?

Varies: The treatment varies depending on if it is a cyst of pseudocyst. Very large pseudocysts that have been there for awhile, and are causing symptoms can be drained. This is done with surgery. Small pseudocysts or ones that aren't causing problems are usually watched. Young pseudocysts are watched because sometimes they go away or shrink and also the wall of young pseudocysts... ...Read more

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I have a pancreatic cyst that doctors believe is a pseudocyst yet i've had it for a long time, had it drained & it came back, should I be concerned?

Pancreatic Cysts: Pancreatic pseudocysts normally occur after a bout of pancreatitis. Most of them resolve on their own after a period of about six weeks or so. For those that don't resolve on their own surgery may be required. However, it is not advisable to simply drain a pancreatic cyst or pseudocyst as recurrence rates are high and it also increases the chance of infection. You should see a hepatobiliary surgeo. ...Read more

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Can there be some medication that can shrink a pancreatic cyst?

Can there be some medication that can shrink a pancreatic cyst?

No: Need evaluation by GI doc and or surgeon to decide if surgery necessary. ...Read more

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Is pseudocyst on the pancreas fatal?

Is pseudocyst on the pancreas fatal?

No: Many pancreatic pseudocysts will resolve on their own. When they don't, they can require surgery to drain the cyst. They can also get infected and then that can be fatel. You should keep close follow up with your physicians regarding this issue. ...Read more

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How harmful are two pancreatic cysts?

How harmful are two pancreatic cysts?

Too many: variables to give you an exact answer. Probably relatively benign, but you need to discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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How horrible are two pancreatic cysts?

How horrible are two pancreatic cysts?

About: About twice as horrible as one pancreatic cyst. ;-) Just kidding. Not enough information. Do you have a history of pancreatitis? Pancreatic surgery or injury? Any pain in the back? How was the cyst diagnosed? Probably either CT or U/S. What prompted the imaging study? ...Read more

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Can a pseudocyst on the pancreas be fatal?

Can a pseudocyst on the pancreas be fatal?

It can: If associated with ongoing necrotizing pancreatitis and infection leading to sepsis and multisystem failure. Luckily this is not that common... ...Read more

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Can you tell me about what to do about a cyst in the tail of the pancreas?

Can you tell me about what to do about a cyst in the tail of the pancreas?

Tail: I have to presume that some study was done to document a cyst at the tail of your pancreas. Surely your doctor or the doctor who did the study would tell you what that meant. If indeed you have not been told, ask for the answer and don't be shy. It is your body. ...Read more

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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