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I have chronic pancreatitis. I am having a EUS with biopsy

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I have chronic pancreatitis. I am having a EUS with biopsy in a few days. The head of my pancreas is enlarged, I have been having worse pain the past year, dx diabetes, weight loss. The dr said my ct scan showed a ball of inflammation in the pancreas. Been sick since age 25 and was dx chronic at 36. I am 47 now. Female.What are the chances of cancer, and of the biopsy causing a acute attack??
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 9 months ago.

This is Dr. David

I am a cancer doctor.

chance for pancreatic cancer at your age of 47 is very low, less than 2% chance.

chance for a pancreatic head biopsy causing pancreatitis is small, less than 10% chance.

usually alcohol use or fatty meals can increase risks for pancreatitis.

autoimmune pancreatitis is rare but also a possibility.

good luck with the EUS and pancreatic biopsy.

you will do fine.

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