Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN) are non-cancerous cysts that develops in the pancreas. The minority of these cysts become malignant tumors and become a difficult to treat form of pancreatic cancer. These tumors are often found when testing for other conditions.
Cysts that form in the body contain air, fluid, or solid material. Pancreatic cysts are serous or mucinous; IPMNs has fluids that are more viscous than serous cysts. Forming inside the pancreas, they have projections that invade the pancreatic duct system. Size and location on the pancreas are tied to the likelihood of their being cancerous.
SYMPTOMS OF IPMN
IPMN may show these symptoms:
- Abdominal pain
- Unintended weight loss
Some of these cysts become pancreatitis.
VISITING YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT IPMN CYSTS
Testing for these since includes endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), or are CT scans.
Testing may be done periodically to measure besides or any other changes in the cyst indicating evolution into a cancerous cyst. When cancer is suspected, the part of the pancreas that contains the cyst might be removed.
SCHEDULE TESTING FOR IPBM AT OASIS ADVANCED GASTROENTEROLOGY
Calm your fears about Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm (IPMN). Contact Oasis Advanced Gastroenterology in Palm Springs to schedule testing with Dr. Asgeri.
Request an appointment online or call 760-699-7607.