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What is a?Multi cystic pancreas?

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Dr. Mary Maluccio
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: May be IPMN

Multiple cystic lesions in the pancreas may represent a relatively rare condition called ipmn.
Imaging can clarify the suspicion of ipmn, but sometimes endoscopy with a sampling of the fluid is necessary. It they represent ipmn, some surveillance program is recommended and depending on the size and pattern of spread within the pancreas, surgery may be warranted.

In brief: May be IPMN

Multiple cystic lesions in the pancreas may represent a relatively rare condition called ipmn.
Imaging can clarify the suspicion of ipmn, but sometimes endoscopy with a sampling of the fluid is necessary. It they represent ipmn, some surveillance program is recommended and depending on the size and pattern of spread within the pancreas, surgery may be warranted.
Dr. Mary Maluccio
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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
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In brief: Cysts in pancreas

Chronic pancreatitis (usually due to alcoholism) may produce 'pseudocysts' in the pancreas.
These cysts are benign (not cancer) but can cause problems (infection, rupture). Most of the time they resorb or 'stay the same'.

In brief: Cysts in pancreas

Chronic pancreatitis (usually due to alcoholism) may produce 'pseudocysts' in the pancreas.
These cysts are benign (not cancer) but can cause problems (infection, rupture). Most of the time they resorb or 'stay the same'.
Dr. Allen Seely
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Needs evaluation

A multicystic pancreas needs further evaluation.
There are precancerous conditions called ipmn which can easily be confused for a multicystic pancreas by physicians who are not experienced in dealing with pancreatic disease. Depending on the characteristics, there may be a role for surgery in patients with ipmn. I would recommend seeing a gastroenterologist or a surgical oncologist.

In brief: Needs evaluation

A multicystic pancreas needs further evaluation.
There are precancerous conditions called ipmn which can easily be confused for a multicystic pancreas by physicians who are not experienced in dealing with pancreatic disease. Depending on the characteristics, there may be a role for surgery in patients with ipmn. I would recommend seeing a gastroenterologist or a surgical oncologist.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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