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Pancreatic Duct Stones

Causes

  • Often result from pancreatitis

Symptoms

  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Clay-colored stools
  • Abdominal swelling or tenderness
  • Jaundice

Diagnosis

  • Blood Tests
  • Abdominal Ultrasound
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • CT Scan or MRI

Treatment

  • Requires that the stones be removed.  Small pancreatic duct stones can be removed using endoscopic retrograde choloangiopancreatography (ERCP); larger stones may require surgery.

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