Pancreatic Cysts IPMN
Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm (IPMN) is a type of pancreatic cyst. IPMNs grow within the pancreatic ducts, and are characterized by the production of thick fluid by the tumor cells called mucin. It has been shown that hese mucin-producing tumors can progress to invasive cancer similar the growth of a colon polyp into colon cancer.
In addition to IPMNs, there are several other types of pancreatic cysts, such as serous cystadenoma, mucinous cystadenoma, papillary cystic tumor and cystic islet cell tumors of the pancreas. Because many pancreatic cysts can be precancerous or cancerous, it’s important to be evaluated by a center that provides a multidisciplinary, specialized team of hepatobiliary and pancreatic experts.
Risk Factors for Pancreatic Cysts (IPMN)
The only reported risk factors that may increase the risk of pancreatic cysts include:
- Chronic inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
- Advanced age
Symptoms of Pancreatic Cysts (IPMN)
Many individuals do not experience any symptoms from pancreatic cysts, but they are discovered when imaging studies are done for other reasons. When signs or symptoms of pancreatic cysts do occur, they typically include:
- Abdominal pain in the upper abdomen
- Nausea or vomiting
- History of pancreatitis
- Yellowing of the skin or jaundice
- Loss of appetite and/or weight loss
- Fever and/or night sweats
- Loss of color in the stools
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek proper evaluation and treatment from a healthcare expert experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal and pancreatic issues.