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What Are The Ways To Prevent Pancreatic Cysts & Does It Reoccur?

Pancreatic cysts are pools or collections of fluid, which may form in the head, tail, or body of the pancreas. A few of the pancreas cysts are available as lines of special cells’ layers and are responsible for secret fluid within the cysts.(1)

Approximately 2percent to 3percent of pancreatic cysts are identified whenever a patient undergoes an MRI scan or CT scan of the abdominal region. Large cysts involve abdominal pain to some extent. In the case of small cysts, patients have additional symptoms combined with abdominal pain related to cysts.(2)

Most of the pseudocysts followed by pancreatitis go away with time without the requirement of any treatment procedure. However, in other cases, pancreatic cysts may cause certain problems and complications needing immediate treatment.(3)

What Are The Ways To Prevent Pancreatic Cysts?

What Are The Ways To Prevent Pancreatic Cysts?

The method, which you should adopt to prevent the problem of a pancreatic cyst or pseudocyst depends on the underlying reasons. Accordingly-

Case 1- When The Problem Caused Due To Gallstones

If gallstones or gall bladder stones trigger the problem of the pancreatic cyst, you have to undergo surgery related to the removal of your gallbladder.

Case 2- When The Problem Caused Due To Heavy Alcohol Intake

If you suffer from pancreatitis cysts because of excessive alcohol intake, you should stop drinking alcohol or at least reduce your intake to avoid the risk.(4)

Does Pancreatic Cysts Reoccur?

Yes, pancreatic cysts may recur and when you have the recurring type of pancreatitis, you may develop the problem of pseudocysts again. Both acute pancreatitis and chronic pancreatitis are the risk factors to recur the problem of pseudocysts.(5)

Acute Pancreatitis: Acute pancreatitis refers to the inflammation caused in the pancreatic region. This type of pancreatitis is painful, develops at a fast rate, and in some cases, becomes deadly or fatal. Common symptoms of acute pancreatitis are a pain in the upper abdomen, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, appetite loss, rapid pulse rate, abdominal tenderness, and pain with deep breathing, coughing, and other vigorous movements. Besides, you have a fever with about 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and jaundice. Your blood pressure may rise or fall and may cause you faintness while you stand up.(6)

Chronic Pancreatitis: Chronic pancreatitis refers to the pancreas inflammation, which never heals or improves. Instead, your condition becomes worse with time and results in permanent damage. Chronic pancreatitis impairs the ability of a patient to digest the intake food and to create the essential pancreatic hormones.(7)

Pancreatic changes in the case of chronic pancreatitis go to an advanced stage before patients start feeling unwell. Whenever symptoms take place, they are a pain in the upper abdominal area, fatty stools, diarrhea, breathing shortness, vomiting and nausea, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, and excessive feeling of thirst. Moreover, as your disease progresses, you will experience a few of the severe symptoms. These are jaundice, pancreatic fluids in the abdomen, intestinal blockage, and internal bleeding.

You may experience painful episodes of your chronic pancreatitis for many hours or even a few days. Also, the pain becomes worse with consuming foods and liquids.(8)


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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:June 3, 2022

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