Pseudocysts can be defined as cysts that lack epithelial and endothelial cells. The management of these types of cysts generally requires some type of supportive care. Unfortunately, the general complications and symptoms that are associated with pseudocysts require that people who are affected by them need surgery in order to remedy the issue. CT scans can be used to help get some imaging of the cysts and then ultrasounds can be used to differentiate between actual cysts and pseudocysts. It is believed that endoscopic drainage is an effective, proven method for treating pseudocysts. It is important to understand that pseudocysts should not be confused or compared to the pseudocystic appearance of lesions such as the aneurysm bone cyst or the Stafne static bone cyst. Pseudocysts are considered to be cystic legions that look like cysts when they are scanned but do not have the correct cells which would enable them to truly be defined as cysts. For example, an acute pancreatic pseudocyst is full of pancreatic fluid and has a wall of tissue. These pseudocysts have the ability to form in many different locations, such as the abdomen, adrenal gland, eye, and pancreas. Generally speaking, the pancreatic pseudocysts are created and caused by the condition of chronic or acute pancreatitis. It can also happen if individuals have experienced trauma to the abdomen. It is more likely to occur in small children than adults. Usually pseudocysts are present in individuals who have chronic conditions instead of acute conditions. Individuals who have developed pancreatitis due to alcohol are more likely to experience the growth of pseudocysts. For the most part, pseudocysts do not provide individuals with any symptoms initially. Those who have larger sized v are more likely to deal with symptoms. The symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, bloating, difficulty eating and digesting food, dyspnea, and constipation. Some pseudocysts are able to become infected, rupture, and block part of the intestine, depending on where they are located. Because these symptoms can cause a great amount of discomfort to the affected individual, it’s important to have them removed as soon as possible before this takes a negative impact on the overall health of the person affected. The cysts can be diagnosed by visiting a doctor and having tests run, such as CT scans, ultrasounds, MRI, and MRCP scans. The latter two scans are not used as frequently because CT scans tend to provide more information about the pseudocysts than anything else.

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