Pancreatic Cysts Diagnosis

Pancreatic cysts are frequently found during abdominal scans for other problems.

Diagnosing Pancreatic Cysts at Fletcher Allen: Endoscopic Ultrasound

The biggest challenge during diagnosis is figuring out if the pancreatic cyst is cancerous. Fletcher Allen's physicians are specially trained in advanced technology to diagnose pancreatic cysts.

  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) can offer a detailed image of the pancreatic cyst, and fluid can be drawn from it for testing of possible signs of cancer. During the procedure, a doctor gently moves a thin, flexible, lighted viewing instrument (endoscope) with an ultrasound probe down the throat and through your stomach to examine the tubes that drain the pancreas, gallbladder and liver.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) draws attention to fine details such as if the pancreatic cyst has any parts that are solid.
  • A computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan provides in depth information about the structure of pancreatic cysts.
  • Talk about your medical historywith your doctor. If you had pancreatitis or an abdominal injury, it may cause a pseudocyst.

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