Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.
What you can do
- Write down your symptoms, including when they started and whether they've changed or worsened over time.
- Write down key personal information, including a history of injury to your abdomen.
- Make a list of all medications, vitamins and supplements you take.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor.
Some basic questions include:
- What is the most likely cause of my condition?
- What tests do I need?
- What type of cyst do I have?
- Is it likely to become cancerous?
- If I need surgery, what will my recovery be like?
- What follow-up care will I need?
- I have other conditions. How can I manage them together?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions, as well.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you questions about your symptoms, such as:
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- When did your symptoms begin?
- Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
- How severe are your symptoms?
- Where do you feel your symptoms the most?
- What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
- What, if anything, seems to worsen your symptoms?
- Have you had pancreatitis?
- How many alcoholic drinks do you consume daily?
- Do you have gallstones?
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- Kadiyala V, et al. Endosonography in the diagnosis and management of pancreatic cysts. World Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2015;7:213.
- Friedel DM, et al. Pancreatic cystic neoplasms. Southern Medical Journal. 2010;103:51.
- Howell DA, et al. Walled-off pancreatic fluid collections (including pseudocysts). http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed June 4, 2015.
- Freedman SD, et al. Etiology and pathogenesis of acute pancreatitis in adults. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed June 5, 2015.
- Khanna AK, et al. Pancreatic pseudocyst: Therapeutic dilemma. International Journal of Inflammation. 2012;2012:1.