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
- 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.
Expert Care You Can Trust!
Hoag Digestive Disease Center, in alliance with USC Norris Comprehensive
Cancer Center, continues to lead the way in complex hepatobiliary and pancreatic care,
providing access to a highly specialized surgical team that works collaboratively
with Hoag-affiliated gastroenterologists and medical oncology specialists
to provide academic-level care. Hoag’s committed to
accurate diagnosis, combined with
progressive therapeutic options enables Hoag patients to achieve some of the highest clinical outcomes
in the nation.
To schedule a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, or a second-opinion
consultation with a Hoag pancreatic care expert, visit
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