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Doctor insights on: Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma

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Whats average survival percentage for pancreatic adenocarcinoma?

Whats average survival percentage for pancreatic adenocarcinoma?

Poor: Rare cases of early pancreatic cancer can have long term survival- mostly the average survival is 20 months. For advanced cases the average survival ranges from 6-10 months. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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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The duct in my pancreas has closed almost completely off. Why does it cause so much pain if my enzymes are normal?

The duct in my pancreas has closed almost completely off. Why does it cause so much pain if my enzymes are normal?

Pancreas: There are many reasons for abdominal pain that are not related to enzymes. You need to let your doctor know or seek advice from another doctor. Don't wait too long! ...Read more

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What causes pancreatic ductal dilation?

What causes pancreatic ductal dilation?

Pancreatic duct dila: This can happen in chronic panceatitis, or if there is a pancreatic neoplasm ( tumor) . Sometimes there are benign tumors in the duct that can eventually become malignant so it is important to check them out. Technically gallstones that are stuck at the spincter of Vater causing pancreatitis can result in pancreatic duct dilatation as can inflammation post ERCP. ...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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Was diagnosed with symptomstic pancreatic divisum in 07. Ok now. Ercp stenting successful. Have mild duct narrowing. Can i expect a normal lifespan?

Was diagnosed with symptomstic pancreatic divisum in 07. Ok now. Ercp stenting successful. Have mild duct narrowing. Can i expect a normal lifespan?

Yes: Your pancreas functions normally, it is just that the ducts or tubes leaving the pancreas are i a bit different location than normal . This can lead to attacks of pancreatitis ( inflammation of the pancreas). It appears that you have had good treatment and will hopefully not have too many issues in the future. ...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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EUS found pancreatic tail duct dilated to 1.8mm with surrounding isoechoic changes. What can cause this?

EUS found pancreatic tail duct dilated to 1.8mm with surrounding isoechoic changes. What can cause this?

You: should be followed by a Gastroenterologist who can interpret these findings...isoechogenicity means "same" "blending" The dilated duct needs explanation and may require Pancreatic duct study (done along with endoscopic evaluation) Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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What is, or could be, a 1cm possible cystic lesion on head of pancreas verses dilated distal common duct? Should i be worried?

At your age, no: Lesions on the pancreas can be serious, but in young people are usually not. It may be a cyst or may be a dilated common bile duct due to an obstruction such as a gallstone. You should not be too worried, but you do need to get it further evaluated, usually with an endoscopic ultrasound exam or a repeat scan. ...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

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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Will a nuclear hida scan show pancreatic stones or bile duct stones?

No: Hida scan is a functional exam to reveal if the bile duct is blocked by a stone or tumor. If blockage is suspected by the results, an MRI of the bile ducts (mrcp) is frequently the next step to visualize the blockage. ...Read more

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Dr. Riley Alexander
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Adenocarcinoma (Definition)

Adenocarcinomas arise from glandular or secretory tissues. They are the common type of tumors (as opposed to sarcomas, from connective tissue) and include the common types colon, lung, ...Read more