Expert Care for Pancreatic Cysts

Pancreatic cysts are often found when imaging for an unrelated issue. While many pancreatic cysts may be benign, certain subtypes have tumor-like properties and some develop into pancreatic cancer. We use the latest innovations in imaging tests for an expert diagnosis.

Even if you have a benign pancreatic cyst, it is vital to identify the structure and have it carefully monitored by a specialized team. Our team at University Hospitals has the experience and expertise on the latest pancreatic cyst guidelines and offers personalized care for each patient.

Multidisciplinary Approach to Wellness for Pancreatic Cyst Patients

A UH gastroenterologist, a doctor that specializes in stomach issues, will take the time to understand each patient’s history and medical goals before presenting treatment plan options. We offer highly individualized care that includes patient education about a healthy diet and avoiding pancreatoxic substances like tobacco and alcohol that can irritate the pancreas.

With national expertise, our team members are active on committees that establish guidelines for the diagnosis, management and treatment of pancreatic cysts. Our team also includes licensed nutritionists and pharmacists to better present all areas of patient wellness and pancreatic health.

Careful Monitoring Approach by Type of Pancreatic Cyst

The traditional treatment for pancreatic cysts is surveillance or a “watch and wait” approach instead of surgery. Once we identify the type of cyst, we follow the patient carefully with surveillance based on the unique attributes of the cyst. Pancreatic cysts can begin as benign cysts, but may develop or change, including malignancy. Using the patient’s clinical history, imaging results and cyst fluid analysis, we focus our care and adjust the treatment plan, if necessary.

Pancreatic Cyst Risk Factors

While the cause of pancreatic cysts is unknown, there are some risk factors that may increase the chance of developing this condition, including:

  • Abdominal injury which increases the risk for pseudocysts, or inflammatory cysts
  • Gallstones
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Pancreatitis which also increases the risk for pseudocysts
  • Rare illnesses such as von Hippel-Lindau disease

Some of the risk factors for pancreatic cysts are within your control. For improved pancreatic health, work with your doctor to reduce your risk by cutting down your alcohol intake and focusing on a healthy lifestyle.