Johns Hopkins Pathology

Symptoms/Associated with:
  • Abdominal pain
  • Alcoholism in me
    Trauma in youner patients

In the United States, almost two-thirds of pseudocyst cases are related to alcoholism, 15% with biliary disease, and 13% are idiopathic, and the rest are due to operative and non-operative trauma, hyperlipidemia, and hereditary pancreatitis.

Pseudocysts develop in people of all ages. In general, however, pseudocysts in older patients are a sequela of alcoholic and biliary pancreatitis, while pseudocysts in younger patients are a result of heredity or trauma. An almost equal sex distribution is observed in the nonalcoholic pancreatitis group, whereas a strong prevalence of men is found in alcoholic pancreatitis. More than half of the patients with alcoholic chronic pancreatitis develop a pseudocyst; in almost 90% of the cases this occurs within the first 6 years from the onset of the disease.


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