Pancreatic Cysts are liquid-filled growths that are usually benign. They are sometimes caused by pancreatitis. More often than not they are found simply by chance during CT scans, MRIs, and other imaging methods. Although most are harmless they can become cancerous. Around 20 different types exist. That is why it is important to find out what kind they are and whether or not they pose a threat.
Most of the time pancreatic cysts do not generate signs or symptoms. Those that do usually include:
When symptoms are more severe they may also include:
Most pancreatic cysts do not require treatment, but it may be necessary to monitor the growths for changes that might be concerning. The only curative treatment is removal, but some cysts can be drained using endoscopy or more direct measures. When surgery is required it may be:
To prevent additional pancreatic cysts, treatment may include gallstone prevention or removal and limitation of alcoholic beverages.