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Pancreatic Duplication Cyst

Last updated June 8, 2017

Approved by: Krish Tangella MD, MBA, FCAP

Enterogenous Cyst of Pancreas is very rare benign tumor of the pancreas that forms as a cyst. It typically occurs in young adults.

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  • Enterogenous Cyst of Pancreas is very rare benign tumor of the pancreas that forms as a cyst. It typically occurs in young adults
  • It can be associated with similar cysts in other parts of the body, such as the trachea (windpipe), bronchus of lung, esophagus (foodpipe), and liver. This may be due to embryological malformation during the fetal stageMost tumors do not cause any signs and symptoms, but in some individuals, there may be abdominal pain, indigestion, and loss of appetite due to Enterogenous Cyst of Pancreas
  • Complications that arise may include gastrointestinal and biliary tract obstruction (causing jaundice) and injury to local region (at the site of the tumor)
  • The treatment for Enterogenous Cyst of Pancreas may involve an excisional surgery for tumors that present severe symptoms or complications. The prognosis is excellent with appropriate treatment

The pancreas is an important organ of the digestive system.

  • Based on function of the pancreas, it can be functionally divided into 2 parts, namely:
    • Exocrine pancreas, which produces digestive enzymes, and
    • Endocrine pancreas that produces hormones such as insulin, glucagon, and somatostatin. Insulin and glucagon helps with controlling sugar levels in blood
  • 95% of the pancreas is exocrine portion and 5% is endocrine portion. Pancreatic tumors (both benign and malignant) can arise from both the exocrine and the endocrine part
  • Based upon anatomy of the pancreas, it can be divided into 3 main parts, namely the:
    • Head,
    • Body, and
    • Tail
  • Pancreatic tumors can affect the head, body, and tail region of the pancreas. Some tumors can affect one area of the pancreas more than the other areas.

Hence, localizing the tumor site can guide the healthcare provider to arrive at a probable diagnosis.

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First uploaded: June 8, 2017
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