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Doctor insights on: Pancreatic Duct Blockage Symptoms

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Dr. James Dukelow
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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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Is a dilated pancreatic duct at 6MM a problem that needs to be treated? What can happened?

Is a dilated pancreatic duct at 6MM a problem that needs to be treated? What can happened?

Depends on cause: It sounds like there may be background information that would help a physician provide more valuable advice. The potential cause of the dilation is the important question. If this is an isolated finding, it is entirely possible the duct is dilated after the passing of a gallstone (causing a downstream blockage with bile backing into pancreatic duct), which would not necessitate urgent treatment. ...Read more

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Does high sugar level (116) have connection with dilated pancreatic duct?

Does high sugar level (116) have connection with dilated pancreatic duct?

Prediatetes: Or diabetes, but his does not have an association with a dilated pancreatic duct. That is a totally separate medical problem. Both need evaluation and possible treatment. ...Read more

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If pancreatic duct continues to become blocked after the stent comes out, what is the surgical procedure needed to correct situation? For cont. Pain.

If pancreatic duct continues to become blocked after the stent comes out, what is the surgical procedure needed to correct situation? For cont. Pain.

Several: If this is for chronic pancreatitis, there are a number if different procedures that can be done. The names are Peustow, Fry, Beger, and Whipple. Named after surgeons. You could look up the details. The decision-making for this is quite complex. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can a recent bout of bad coughing from bronchitis dislodge a gallstone and block the pancreatic duct?

Can a recent bout of bad coughing from bronchitis dislodge a gallstone and block the pancreatic duct?

Likely unrelated: Yes, you can have a gallstone leave the gallbladder, enter the bile duct & cause biliary obstruction or pancreatitis. But coughing would be unrelated & not be expected to dislodge a gallstone & cause it to enter into the bile duct. ...Read more

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I had an ultrasound done and it came back that the pancreatic duct is measuring between 2.5 and 3.5 mm. Isn't it considered dilated? Or normal? I'm 36

I had an ultrasound done and it came back that the pancreatic duct is measuring between 2.5 and 3.5 mm. Isn't it considered dilated? Or normal? I'm 36

Borderline: The pancreatic duct on ultrasound in a female of your age would be around 2 mm in diameter. Your measurements are borderline dilated. Any prior history of gallstone pain or possible pancreatitis? The duct can appear larger on x-ray cholangiograms but that reflects the injection of contrast into the duct while ultrasound shows the duct in a baseline state. ...Read more

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Pancreatic duct in tail is 1.8mm, the doc biopsied the surrounding tissue, but said there were no rumors. If there were no tumors, why the biopsy?

No reason: Slight dilatation of distal pancreatic duct of no significance especially in the absence of any discreet lesion. In situ Ca of pancreas begins in duct system and develops over a 15-20 yr period until an invasive lesion is seen. Slight duct problem could be due to narrowing of duct due to inflammation or rarely the in situ lesion. The only bx would be via ERCP with brushings of the duct. ...Read more

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ERCP done, post procedure was SOD2P w/mild pancreatic duct dilatation.? Does SOD2P mean? They did a stent as well.

Probably : That abbreviation probably refers to sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, type 2, which is an abnormal squeezing of the sphincter at the end of the bile duct. It sounds like your endoscopist treated it with a stent. Hopefully that will help. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have stricture of the pancreatic duct. What additional, I have upper abdominal pn, problems can incur from this? Another ERCP sched to try cannulate

I have stricture of the pancreatic duct. What additional, I have upper abdominal pn, problems can incur from this? Another ERCP sched to try cannulate

Pancreatic stricture: Symptoms that may result from a pancreatic stricture depend mostly on what is actually causing the structure. Certainly more pain and/or pancreatitis can occur from this. It is important to proceed with ERCP both to diagnose what is causing it and to attempt to open the stricture in some way. Good luck. ...Read more

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Pancreas is contracted and ecogenic. Parapancreatic no collection or mass. Main pancreatic duct is not dilated. How can I get rid of this? Please sgst

There is: Nothing to get rid of. An echogenic pancreas can be normal, particularly if it is not accompanied by enlargement. I'm not sure what they mean by contracted pancreas. The rest of it is essentially saying there are no abnormalities. ...Read more

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Is a rupture to the pancreatic duct rare? Distal op recommended. Pancreas surgeons say I am to high risk because of internal scaring is tp/iat option?

Rupture is rare: A duct rupture such as this is rare, most often is "iatrogenic" meaning it occurs during some mechanical intervention. Depending on where the rupture is, it can be surgically corrected or stented via an upper endoscopy. "High risk" usually implicates the existence of other medical issues that may pose risk for surgery, an anesthesia consultation is warranted in this situation. ...Read more

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Age 19.mrcp shows pancreatic duct head body tail dilated, abrupt cut in head region, branches & tail narrowing, duct 6mm.DOC on this site said hve cancer?

Possible: (MRCP) an exam uses magnetic resonance imaging to visualize the biliary and pancreatic ducts in a non-invasive manner. It is used to determine if gallstones are lodged in any of the ducts. If narrowing of the duct in the head is present one can suspect an intraductal lesion which has not yet converted to invasiveness and produced painless jaundice of pancreatic Ca. Duct brushings by ERCP needed. ...Read more

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7mm periampullary lesion, 3 liver lesions, total beta hCG is high, anion gap-10, monocytes-1.1, chloride high, erc low, cbd & pancreatic duct dilation?

7mm periampullary lesion, 3 liver lesions, total beta hCG is high, anion gap-10, monocytes-1.1, chloride high, erc low, cbd & pancreatic duct dilation?

Your question?: I appreciate your sharing this, but no one here will be able to make the call. Unless your HCG is extremely high, it means nothing. The other labs are not helpful. Your periampullary lesion has hopefully been biopsied, as will your liver lesions if the radiologist cannot certify them as benign. Hoping celiac sprue has been ruled in or out, along with whipple's and common lactose intolerance. ...Read more

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GB like symptoms.US-distal dilation of CBD 7.7mm.MRCP-mild prominence of pancreatic duct. Dense adhesions between GB & abdominal wall. Pls. Interprete?

Need context...: Need context for which your test was ordered. Also, your question is ideally & confidentially answered in the Concierge forum of HealthTap--would suggest you consider that route to your query. ...Read more

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What is treatment for pancreatic duct?

Is it blocked?: Treatment depends on the cause--sometimes apparent on imaging, but may well require looking with an endoscope. ...Read more

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If my surgeon sees a stone in the pancreatic duct or common bile duct during intra-operative cholangiography, can he remove the stone during surgery?

If my surgeon sees a stone in the pancreatic duct or common bile duct during intra-operative cholangiography, can he remove the stone during surgery?

CBD stones: It depends on the surgeon. If intra-operative cholangiogram is done and showed a stone most would defer it to the GI specialist to do a procedure called ERCP to remove the stones. ...Read more

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When I was ejaculating I accidentally covered my ejaculatory duct when it was happening which caused a blockage and now pain. Will pain stop? Issues?

Retrograde: By "covering it up", you may have inadvertently caused semen to back up into your urethra causing retrograde ejaculation. Do not worry, this will resolve over the next 48 hours. Drink 8-10 8oz. Glasses of water and your urine will clean away and residual. ...Read more

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What can cause a blockage in a sliva duct?

What can cause a blockage in a sliva duct?

Blocked Saliva Duct: A blocked saliva duct is caused by a mucus plug or a stone. Either occurs slowly, over time, and may lead to sudden blocking or plugging of the saliva duct. This will cause sudden swelling of the salivary gland. The two largest salivary glands are located in front of each ear, the parotid salivary gland. Drink plenty of fluids, massage the affected salivary gland, and suck on sour candy. ...Read more

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Can any blockage in the bile duct cause pain?

It might: Sudden onset of bile blockage with gallstones may cause pain. Slow bile duct blockage from a tumor may not cause pain. Both will result in yellow jaundice and abnormal blood tests. ...Read more

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I have gallbladder disease, is it possible to have bike duct blockage from a stone with only mild pain on upper right side?

Possible: Then, you will be sicker than what you are describing, you will have jaundice also, see you doctor. You decide want it out or keep it and observe under clinical supervision. ...Read more

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How fast would biliary duct blockage progress if not treated? And would dr be able to palpate the liver, would urine show something.

How fast would biliary duct blockage progress if not treated? And would dr be able to palpate the liver, would urine show something.

Ver quickly: Jaundice may develop and liver tenderness result.but the answers to this question at 4 years of age need referral to Pediatrician! ...Read more

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Bilirubin increasing with liver metastses. No bile duct blockage. All Other liver tests are normal. What am this exactly mean?

Bilirubin increasing with liver metastses. No bile duct blockage. All
Other liver tests are normal. What am this exactly mean?

Bilirubin: Elevated bilirubin can result from two main sources-- breakdown of hemoglobin (from red cells) and blockage of normal secretion from the liver (obstruction of a bile duct.) These two sources are distinguishable in blood (bound vs. unbound.) But liver mets may produce blockage of small ducts and elevate bili w/o blocking main ducts. ...Read more

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Taking medicine to dissolve gall stone, will it create blockage in bile duct or along the path? Advice me.

Taking medicine to dissolve gall stone, will it create blockage in bile duct or along the path? Advice me.

Not usually: The standard treatment for gallstone removal is to remove where they are formed: the gallbladder. Other means may be used to dissolve gallstones, such as pills, lithotripsy, or even "gallbladder flushes": these all fail to permanently solve the problem, and, in the case of the "flush", may be dangerous if stones get stuck in the bile duct. Thankfully, surgery is usually out-pt, safe, and easy. ...Read more

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Semen volume is 4 ml but watery & thin, 60% good & active motile sperms. With this result does it indicate any blockage in seminal/ejaculatory ducts?

Normal ...: Clinically, you have no suspicion for blockage of seminal/ejaculatory ducts. May I ask why you brought this question — concerned about male infertility? More? Contact www.healthtap.com/dr-Lin with RQPWJC to login — using audio/ video goes faster and gains more info. Best wish... ...Read more

Duct (Definition)

Is a channel leading from a gland or an organ, for example lactiferous duct leads from mammary gland to ...Read more