Mucinous Neoplasms

Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm (IPMN)
Classification of IPMN
Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms are a type of neoplasm that is seen normally growing in the pancreatic ducts. It is illustrated with the production of a thick fluid by the mucinous or tumor cells. IPMN if left unnoticed may lead to invasive pancreatic cancer that is it will become a malignant tumor from benign tumor. The normal classification of Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms are broadly classified into two main groups, one that is associated with invasive cancer and the other that is not associated with invasive cancer.

The prognosis of the disease is the main reason for such a classification as patients who have undergone surgery for benign Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms or tumor has had an excellent prognosis when compared to persons associated with invasive pancreatic cancer.
Mucinous Neoplasms
Symptoms and diagnosis of IPMN
Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms common symptoms are: abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, jaundice and Acute Pancreatitis. But these are all very common signs for normal diseases and hence diagnosis of Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms is not as easy as one thinks. Hence any doctor who is unsure will definitely ask his patients to go for further tests in order to confirm whether the symptoms seen in the patients is due to Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms or not.

The diagnosis of Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms can be clearly known through various imaging techniques. Some of the common tests conducted on the patients to check if they are affected by Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms are: Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) and Computerized Tomography (CT). These tests will help in identifying whether there is a dilatation of the pancreatic duct or any branch of the pancreatic duct. A fine needle biopsy will also reveal the presence of Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms very easily.

Treatment for Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms
A patient diagnosed with main duct type Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms must undergo surgical procedure to remove the tumor that is developed in the pancreatic duct and the surgery must be carried out only by an experience pancreatic surgeon. Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms that are seen at the tail of the pancreas can be surgically removed by a procedure known as distal pancreatectomy which is minimal invasive procedure. A routine follow up is a must for patients who are not associated with invasive cancer despite getting cured as there are changes of Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms getting multiplied.

Mucinous Neoplasms
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