Pancreas Conditions

Benign Conditions of the Pancreas

In addition to cysts and various types of pancreatic cancer, there are also a number of other non-cancerous conditions that can affect the pancreas. Not only can these conditions cause painful symptoms, but they can also be life-threatening and contribute to the development of other serious diseases and conditions and often require timely medical attention.

Acute Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. Acute pancreatitis occurs suddenly and goes away in a few days with treatment. Acute pancreatitis is often the result of gallstones, small hardened bits of bile that irritate the pancreas as they pass through the bile ducts. Learn more >>

Annular Pancreas

Annular pancreas is a congenital defect in which a portion of the pancreas encircles the small intestine. Learn more >>

Chronic Pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis may begin gradually or with an acute episode that damages the pancreatic ducts. Learn more >>

Pancreas Divisum

Chronic or recurring pancreatitis is sometimes associated with a common birth defect of the pancreas called pancreas divisum. In pancreas divisum, the endocrine and exocrine portions of the pancreas do not join together as they are supposed to during fetal development. Learn more >>

Splenic Artery Aneurysms

Like the aorta and iliac artery, the splenic artery can develop aneurysms, bulges in weakened portions of artery walls. Learn more >>

Pancreas Treatments