Pseudocysts of Pancreas

Pseudocysts of the Pancreas

What are pseudocysts of the pancreas?

Pseudocysts of the pancreas are abnormal collections of fluid, dead tissue, pancreatic enzymes, and blood that can lead to a painful mass in the pancreas. Pseudocysts usually develop several weeks after an episode of acute pancreatitis (a sudden, painful inflammation of the pancreas). Alcoholism also contributes to the risk of pseudocysts of the pancreas. Other, more rare causes include abdominal trauma and gallbladder disease.

What are the signs and symptoms of pseudocysts of the pancreas?

The following are the most common symptoms of pseudocysts of the pancreas. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

The symptoms of pseudocysts of the pancreas may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.

How are pseudocysts of the pancreas diagnosed?

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for pseudocysts of the pancreas may include the following:

What are treatments for pseudocysts of the pancreas?

Specific treatment for pseudocysts of the pancreas will be determined by your doctor based on:

The goal for treatment of a pancreatic pseudocyst is to monitor its growth and to treat surgically if it grows, or if there is risk for complications.

Treatment may include:

If left untreated or unmonitored, pseudocysts can rupture, causing extreme pain, blood loss, and infection.

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