Pancreatic Cysts in Dallas, TX
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What is a pancreatic cyst?
The pancreas is a dual functioning gland of the digestive system made up of two types of cells: one produces digestive juices and the other releases hormones to regulate blood sugar levels. Pancreatic cysts are sac-like pockets of fluid or semisolid matter made up of damaged tissue or debris located on or within the pancreas. They can be noncancerous (pseudo cysts) or cancerous (malignant). The cause of pancreatic cysts is often not very clear. Some cysts can result from a rare genetic disorder known as von Hippel-Lindau disease. Common symptoms often include severe abdominal pain, back pain, bloating, nausea, and vomiting. At Digestive Health Associates of Texas, our network of GI specialists is proud to diagnose and treat pancreatic cysts in Dallas, TX and surrounding areas. If you experience any of the above symptoms, we encourage you to reach out to our team to find a GI doctor near you.
What are the symptoms of pancreatic cysts?
Pancreatic cysts can be asymptomatic or produce moderate to severe symptoms such as persistent and severe abdominal or back pain, bloating, nausea, and vomiting. Complications of pancreatic cysts include infection, rupture of the pseudocyst or hemorrhage (bleeding), and high blood pressure of the splenic or portal vein.
How are pancreatic cysts treated?
At our Dallas, TX practices, Pancreatic cysts are diagnosed with imaging tests such as ultrasound, CT scan of the abdomen, MRI, magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Most often, pseudocysts resolve without the need for treatment. However, if your symptoms are severe and the cysts are growing larger, your doctor may recommend drainage of the cysts. The cysts may be drained through an endoscopy procedure where a long thin tube with a needle is inserted to drain the cyst, percutaneous catheter drainage (a hollow tube is inserted into the body), or surgical drainage through open (long incision is made on the abdomen) or laparoscopic (3 to 4 small incisions are made on the abdomen) techniques. Once one of our GI specialists takes time to review your condition specifically, we will go over what we feel is the best treatment option so we can create a customized treatment plan.
Treat pancreatic cysts
If you experience persistent symptoms such as abdominal pain, back pain, bloating, nausea, or vomiting, it could be a sign of a pancreatic cyst. If left untreated, pancreatic cysts could lead to infection rupture of the pseudocyst, and even hemorrhage. At Digestive Health Associates of Texas, our experienced GI specialists are able to diagnose and effectively treat pancreatic cysts so you can find relief from these uncomfortable symptoms. For more information or to find a GI specialist in your area, contact our Dallas, TX office.
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