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How are pancreatic cysts and pseudocysts typically treated?

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Dr. Ralph Layman
Surgery - Transplant
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In brief: 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...

In brief: 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...
Dr. Ralph Layman
Dr. Ralph Layman
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Dr. Ralph Layman
Surgery - Transplant

In brief: Continued

Are too thin to operate on properly.
Cysts of the pancreas are a different story. Most true cysts are followed if they are small and not causing problems. Some cysts are potentially cystic tumors (this is based on how they appear in cat scans) those types should be removed with surgery.

In brief: Continued

Are too thin to operate on properly.
Cysts of the pancreas are a different story. Most true cysts are followed if they are small and not causing problems. Some cysts are potentially cystic tumors (this is based on how they appear in cat scans) those types should be removed with surgery.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Dr. Ralph Layman
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery

In brief: Drainage

Pseudocyts are fluid collections that arise after pancreatic necrosis secondary to acute pancreatitis.
Most resolve on their own, but if large, persistent and/or symptomatic, they can usually be drained by nonsurgical endoscopic techniques. Cysts are usually benign but may be cancerous: endoscopic ultrasound and aspiration are sometimes necessary to differentiate the two.

In brief: Drainage

Pseudocyts are fluid collections that arise after pancreatic necrosis secondary to acute pancreatitis.
Most resolve on their own, but if large, persistent and/or symptomatic, they can usually be drained by nonsurgical endoscopic techniques. Cysts are usually benign but may be cancerous: endoscopic ultrasound and aspiration are sometimes necessary to differentiate the two.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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