Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
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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