Enlarged pancreas: A symptom of pancreatic cancer?

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Enlarged pancreas: A sign of an underlying problem?


Recently, I had a computerized tomography (CT) scan and my doctor told me I have an enlarged pancreas. What does that mean? Is this serious?

New York


A finding of an enlarged pancreas may mean nothing. Your pancreas may simply be larger than average — but still normal. However, in some cases, an enlarged pancreas may be a sign of an underlying problem, such as pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer.

The significance of an enlarged pancreas depends on many factors, including signs and symptoms and other findings on the CT scan. It is important to discuss with your doctor the importance of an enlarged pancreas in your specific situation. If your doctor is concerned, further evaluation may be required to determine the cause of an enlarged pancreas.

Last Updated: 07/19/2006
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