Should I be worried about a pancreatic cyst?

On call

Q. I had a recent CT scan of my abdomen and was told I have a small pancreatic cyst. Should I be concerned?

A. Cysts of the pancreas — the digestive organ that lies behind the stomach — are typically discovered by accident during a CT scan performed for other reasons. Although most pancreatic cysts are benign (noncancerous), some show features that are worrisome and require further evaluation. Most cysts do not cause symptoms, but very large ones may block ducts in the pancreas and cause pain.

To continue reading this article, you must login.
  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
Learn more about the many benefits and features of joining Harvard Health Online »