Diagnosis of Pancreatic Pseudocysts

  • P. Layer
  • D. Grandt


Since ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) are available and routinely used in patients with acute pancreatitis, it has become apparent that many small pseudocysts do not cause clinical signs or symptoms. However, large pseudocysts usually are symptomatic and associated with abdominal pain. Nausea and vomiting are also frequent symptoms. A palpable mass is found in approximately half of symptomatic patients. Many patients have a history of weight loss. Ascites, or pleural effusions, jaundice due to common bile duct compression, and gastrointestinal bleeding episodes are encountered occasionally (Fig. 1).


Acute Pancreatitis Chronic Pancreatitis Pancreatic Duct Pancreatic Pseudocysts Cystic Pancreatic Lesion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Layer
    • 1
  • D. Grandt
  1. 1.Medizinische Klinik, Abt. für GastroenterologieUniversitätsklinikum EssenEssen 1Germany

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