Jefferson University Hospitals

Pseudocysts of the Pancreas

While pseudocysts of the pancreas aren't cancerous – nor are they technically even cysts – they can become large and bothersome enough to require treatment. Jefferson's team of digestive disease physicians is experienced in diagnosing pseudocysts – and distinguishing them from cancerous cysts – and treating them through drainage using a needle or removing them through a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure.

If you are diagnosed with pseudocysts of the pancreas, our physicians may also work with you to help prevent their common interlinking causes, such as pancreatitis, gallstones and alcohol abuse. Your medical team, drawing upon the expertise of gastroenterologists and other specialists, will provide personalized care through a multifaceted approach that may include dietary changes or removing gallstones that cause pancreatitis. If your condition is related to alcohol abuse, we can coordinate your treatment for alcohol dependence.

For the treatment of gallstones, our physicians are experienced in providing less invasive methods such as lithotripsy to break up stones using shock waves or medication therapy to dissolve stones, including an experimental procedure in which medication is injected directly into your gallbladder.