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IPMN was posted 02/23/2016 07:35 pm by SherGa
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I was diagnosed with IPMN,2.3centimeters, branch-duct, asymptomatic, in body of pancreas, in 2010. 'Watched' it for several years with MRI every 6 months. Showed a little growth after 2 years, so, with the advice of my gastro doc as well as the advice from pancreatic surgeon, I had the whipple done at Emory University hospital in Atlanta in July 2013. In hospital for 4 nights, none in ICU, no complications, no hospital acquired infections, up and walking day after surgery. Surgeon Dr. Shishur Mathiel (spelling may be off). Am really glad I had IPMN removed as pathology reports showed there were some cells with intermediate dysplasia in the cyst. There was a high probability that those would have progressed to High-grade dysplasia and then to adenocarcinoma. Forgot to mention that I did have an EUS with FNA when the IPMN was first discovered which showed the cyst as benign hence the 'watch' approach for the first few years. Long post, but just saying, make sure you are carefully monitored if u decide to put off the surgery. Sherry

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