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By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
January 11, 2022
Category: Conditions
Tags: Pancreatic Cysts  

The pancreas plays important role in your digestive system by producing enzymes that help your body break down food and also regulate blood sugar by producing insulin. Pancreatic cysts can form on the pancreas and though they are predominantly benign it's still important to monitor them, which you can do with the help of your local gastroenterologist, Dr. Kamran Ayub in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Joliet, Frankfort, Orland Park, IL.

Pancreatic Cysts

Pancreatic cysts are pockets of fluid formed on your pancreas that typically are benign in nature and also, most do not have any noticeable signs.

Finding these cysts is often done during the process of imaging tests for other problems or regular checkups.

There is the chance, however, that these cysts can become cancerous, overly enlarged, or painful. In these cases, you are likely to experience symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms

Because pancreatic cysts do not often pose an immediate danger the best strategy is usually to monitor their progress. Your doctor can further examine concerning cysts for cancerous cells.

So if you have been made aware that you have pancreatic cysts you'll want to be on the lookout for persistent abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, and fever. You'll want to contact your doctor right away if you experience these signs as they could signal a cyst infection or even another gastrointestinal issue that needs to be addressed.

Pancreatitis

The exact cause for pancreatic cysts is not known but there are certain factors that put you at greater risk for developing them.

Pancreatitis is a condition that causes your pancreas to become irritated and it can result in cysts forming.

Gallstones can lead to pancreatitis so removing the gallbladder can reduce your chances of developing the condition. Overconsumption of alcohol can also lead to pancreatitis, so cutting back can help you avoid both pancreatitis and pancreatic cysts.

Pancreatic Cysts Treatment in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Joliet, Frankfort, Orland Park, IL

Routine examinations can help your doctor detect and treat pancreatic cysts. While most will not require any direct treatment, being able to monitor their growth and condition can help prevent complications.

When cysts become a problem then more invasive treatments may be required, such as draining very large cysts or surgery for painful or cancerous cysts.

If you are concerned about pancreatic cysts you can schedule a consultation today with Dr. Ayub in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Joliet, Frankfort, Orland Park, IL, by dialing (708) 475-5233.