Pancreatic cysts in Denver, CO

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The pancreas is a gland in the digestive system that’s made of two different types of cells, where one creates digestive juices while the other works as a hormone regulator to manage blood sugar levels. Pancreatic cysts are sacs filled with pockets of fluid or solid matter that are comprised of damaged tissue or debris within the pancreas. The cysts can either be benign, or malignant (cancerous). While the cause of the cysts isn’t clear, some are because of a rare genetic disorder called von Hippel-Lindau disease. If you are experiencing a pancreatic cyst, connect with a gastroenterologist specialist at Colorado Gastroenterology to have them diagnosed and properly treated.

Cysts of the pancreas can be asymptomatic or you might encounter severe symptoms like:

  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Persistent and severe abdominal or back pain
  • Vomiting

You may also experience complications of pancreatic cysts. This might include an infection, high blood pressure of the splenic or portal vein, or a rupture of the pseudocyst or hemorrhage (bleeding). If you have suffered or noticed any of the following symptoms for yourself, call our GI specialists at Colorado Gastroenterology to schedule an appointment.

Cysts are diagnosed with tests like an ultrasound, CT scans, MRI, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP).

Pseudocysts generally resolve without the need for treatment. If your symptoms are severe and your cyst is growing larger, it may be recommended to have the cyst drained. They can be drained through an endoscopy. With this treatment, a long thin tube is used to drain the cyst. You may also have a surgical drain through a long incision, or with 3 to 4 small incisions made on the abdomen.

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It is important to have any cyst evaluated, even if the majority may end up benign. Any severe or troubling symptoms will need to be evaluated by our professionals. At Colorado Gastroenterology, we are dedicated to being your partner in the treatment of pancreatic cysts and other GI disorders. Schedule an appointment with our GI doctors today to experience the difference that our skilled team can provide.

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