What is a multi-cystic pancreas?

Unclear, but... It can be use to describe pancreas with multiple cysts. Cysts can be benign (usually single, located in the head and containing serous fluid in multiloculated lesions) or pre malignant (large ipmns, mutinous cysts in tail of pancreas). Or even frankly malignant (cystic cystadenocarcinomas). A pancreas cyst should always be evaluated by a specialist.
Lots of cysts. This is simply a descriptive term reporting that the pancreas has many cysts throughout it. Cysts are generally benign fluid filled pockets that are benign. However, some kinds of pancreatic cysts can be associated with cancer. Often suspicious cysts will be sampled through an endoscopic ultrasound with fine needle aspiration to assess this cancer risk.

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What is a? Multi cystic pancreas?

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'. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...