What is it?

Pancreatic cysts are saclike pockets of fluid on or in the pancreas. Pancreatic cysts are typically found during imaging testing for another problem.
The main categories of pancreatic cysts can be divided into two groups, nonneoplastic or neoplastic cysts. Each group includes many different subtypes of cysts, such as pseudocysts, serous cystadenomas and mucinous cystic neoplasms. Most aren't cancerous, and many don't cause symptoms. But some pancreatic cysts can be or can become cancerous.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Pancreatic cyst

Signs & symptoms

A patient may not have symptoms from pancreatic cysts, which are often found when imaging tests of the abdomen are done for another reason.
When signs or symptoms of pancreatic cysts do occur, they typically include:
* Persistent abdominal pain, which may radiate to your back
* Nausea and vomiting
* Weight loss
* Feeling full soon after you start eating


Pancreatic cysts are diagnosed more often than in the past because improved imaging technology finds them more readily. Many pancreatic cysts are found during abdominal scans for other problems.
After taking a medical history and performing a physical exam, the doctor may recommend imaging tests to help with diagnosis and treatment planning. Tests include:
* CT scan
* MRI scan
* Endoscopic ultrasound


Watchful waiting- Watchful waiting or treatment depends on the type of cyst you have, its size, its characteristics and whether it's causing symptoms.
* Drainage
* Surgery

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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