Pancreatic Pseudocysts and Necrosis

What are pseudocysts and necrosis?

After an episode of acute pancreatitis, pancreatic trauma, or chronic pancreatitis, patients may develop pseudocysts, or fluid collections, near the pancreas. Pseudocysts remain a challenging condition to manage.

Treatment for pseudocysts

Ideally, no intervention is necessary for a patient with pancreatic pseudocysts. If there are no major associated symptoms, your child’s physician may follow the pseudocyst with serial ultrasounds and labs. However, if the pseudocyst becomes infected or if it starts to interfere with your child’s quality of life, an intervention to drain the cyst may be recommended. Our pancreatologists work closely with surgeons who have expertise in pancreatic disorders to determine if and when a pseudocyst needs to be drained.