What are Pancreatic Cysts?

Pancreatic cysts are uncommon and come in two varieties.  Pseudocysts (“false” cysts) are collections of fluid from pancreatitis or trauma.  These pseudocysts usually resolve spontaneously by themselves, but they occasionally require operation for drainage and decompression if they become large, painful or obstructing.  True cysts of the pancreas are rare and are abnormal growths or tumors of the pancreas.  Whereas pseudocysts can be drained, true pancreatic cysts need to be removed or resected.  The type of operation depends on the location of the cyst in the pancreas.

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