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good question was posted 01/29/2016 03:23 pm by Anonymous
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I am also curious.

Specifically, I am curious why they are so eager to push you to surgery. Is it growing fast? Does it have concerning characteristics (ex. sold components)? Do you have any symptoms or abnormal blood tests? Has it been biopsied by ERCP and did you test the fluid?

Usually side branch cysts are more benign.

I would make sure you get a second opinion from cyst specialist.

http://www.pancyst.org/screening.aspx

My gut feeling is that this incredibly complicated surgery would be very hard to do laproscopically. But I remember one poster on this site that had it done this way. If you really wanted to consider doing this, I would research and find the best surgeon in the country who does whipples laproscopically and go there. I would never risk it laproscopically with a surgeon who just does them the usually way.

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