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At age 52 saw a doctor because I was experiencing lower left flank pain and swelling. He did a CT scan which showed a 2.9 cm pseudocyst in or near the tail of the pancreas or on the splenic artery. Repeated the CT scan w/contrast and it showed that the pseudocyst was inside the pancreas. It was removed on 29 March 2002 by distal pancreatectomy. Pathology said it was a neuroendocrine tumor. Post op experience was tolerated very well. Followup CT scan in June said there was a new pseudocyst. Original surgeon and oncologist said it was scar tissue. Second opinion oncologist did a pancreatic biopsy and octreotide scan. Pathology said it was a cyst and was clear. On the octreotide scan the new pseudocyst did not light up; but nodes in my thyroid did. Had a thyroid biopsy in December 2002, cystology said atypical cells were found and that a neoplasm could not be ruled out. PCP said my thyroid has to come out. Have an appointment with thyroid surgeon, January 22, 2003.

Posted 12/17/2002 01:50 pm by kathy d
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