Pancreatic Cyst: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/1/2020

A pancreatic cyst is a collection or pool of fluid that forms within the pancreas. Many pancreatic cysts are small and benign do not produce symptoms. However, some cysts become large and cause symptoms, and others are precancerous or cancerous. The most common type of a pancreatic cyst is a pseudocyst, which is related to inflammation.

Signs and symptoms of pancreatic cysts depend on the size of the cyst and the type. Large cysts can cause persistent abdominal pain, which may radiate to your back. Other associated symptoms can include

If infection is present within the cyst, fever and chills may develop.

Causes of pancreatic cyst

Trauma, gallstones, alcoholism, or surgery can cause pancreatic cysts.

Other pancreatic cyst symptoms and signs


Pancreatitis is inflammation of an organ in the abdomen called the pancreas. See Answer

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