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 Treatment
Pancreatic cysts treatment depends on several factors such as the type of cyst, whether it is causing any symptoms, its location and size. Your team of physicians takes all of these factors into account with the course of action they recommend.
If your cyst is larger than 10 millimeters, is causing symptoms or is growing it requires regular endoscopic ultrasounds.
Pancreatic Cysts Treatment in Burlington, VT
Pancreatic cysts treatment options at Fletcher Allen include:
Endoscopy for Pancreatic Cysts
An endoscopy is any procedure performed using a small, flexible tube (called endoscope) with a tiny camera on the end. The endoscope is inserted into the throat, allowing doctors to see the esophagus, stomach and small intestine. Endoscopy is used to drain a pseudocyst if it is causing symptoms or growing by putting a needle on the endoscope.
Surgery to Treat Pancreatic Cysts
Your physician may recommend surgery if your pseudocyst is enlarged or if your serous cystadenoma is causing pain or other symptoms. Because of the risk of cancer, other types of pancreatic cysts generally require surgical removal.
A pseudocyst may recur if you have ongoing pancreatitis.
Regular Monitoring of Pancreatic Cysts
A noncancerous pseudocyst, even a large one, can be left alone as long as it isn't causing symptoms. Serous cystadenoma also can be left alone, unless it causes symptoms or grows, since it rarely becomes cancerous.
However, all pancreatic cysts need regular monitoring. Cysts smaller than 10 millimeters can be scanned with computed tomography (CT or CAT) after one year, and then less often if they remain stable. Any cysts larger than 10 millimeters usually require regular endoscopic ultrasounds.
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