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Doctor insights on: Pancreatic Pseudocyst

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Dr. Scott Keith
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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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How are pancreatic cysts and pseudocysts typically treated?

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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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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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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I have a 1inch pseudocyst in the body of my pancreas.My dr. Believes its caused by my gallbladder & wants to remove it, i don't agree but should I do it?

I have a 1inch pseudocyst in the body of my pancreas.My dr. Believes its caused by my gallbladder & wants to remove it, i don't agree but should I do it?

Get another opinion: Pseudocysts can resolve without treatment, & may not need addressing if they are small & asymptomatic. If you have had pancreatitis due to gallstones (which is one way you get a pseudocyst), that is a serious issue & should be treated by removing the gall bladder. Once the gall bladder is full of stones & inflammation it doesn't work normally & can cause many serious problems. ...Read more

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1inch "pseudocyst" in body of pancreas, not sure if i ever had pancreatitis, have had it for over a year, dr wants to remove gallbladder, should i?

1inch "pseudocyst" in body of pancreas, not sure if i ever had pancreatitis, have had it for over a year, dr wants to remove gallbladder, should i?

It Depends: The presence of a pseudocyst implies a prior episode of pancreatitis; there are many possible causes of pancreatitis, of which the 2 most common are gallstones & alcoholism. If you have a known history of gallstones, a strong argument can be made to remove the gb, especially if they cause pain. If this isn't consistent w/what you were told, a second opinion may be a good idea. Good luck! ...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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I had an eus with fna of a hemorrhagic pseudocyst done in jan. In the picture that was given, it looks like my pancreas was speckled. Is that normal?

I had an eus with fna of a hemorrhagic pseudocyst done in jan. In the picture that was given,  it looks like my pancreas was speckled. Is that normal?

You may be...: Describing a normal pancreas, unless you have some particular expertise how to read pancreatic imaging studies. Before we raise needless concern, how was your pancreas described on the imaging report, and what comments did your physician offer regarding it? Happy to help, but need more information please--. ...Read more

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On a CT with contrast of Abd/Pelvis it say "Hypodensity in the pancreatic head may represent IPMN or small pseudocyst. Slightly prominent pancreatic ?

On a CT with contrast of Abd/Pelvis it say "Hypodensity in the pancreatic head may represent IPMN or small pseudocyst. Slightly prominent pancreatic ?

Need more info: Would need more information to answer this. Why was the CT scan being performed? Pain? Pancreatitis? Some radiology findings are just incidental and have no clinical meaning. Ask your doctor who ordered the test if there is a concern for you. May need to see a GI specialist for endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound of the pancreas. ...Read more