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What are the symptoms of an enlarged pancreas?

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Pain in the upper abdomen is a common symptom. Pain may spread to the back and feel worse when you're eating and drinking, such as in cases of pancreatitis. See a doctor right away if you have these symptoms.

Other causes of an enlarged pancreas may produce few or no symptoms at all. Pancreatic cancer is considered one of the deadliest cancers. It is difficult to catch at an early stage because of its usual lack of symptoms.

The doctor will ask questions and do a thorough physical exam. Your doctor may also order blood, urine, or stool tests and a scan to diagnose and confirm the cause of an enlarged pancreas. For example, you may have an X-ray, ultrasound, CT scan (computerized tomography scan), ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography), or MRCP (magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography).

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse web site: "Pancreatitis"

MedlinePlus: "Pancreatitis" and "Pancreatic Cancer."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse web site: "Pancreatitis"

MedlinePlus: "Pancreatitis" and "Pancreatic Cancer."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 15, 2019

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