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Side Branch IPMN


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After an incidental visit to the hospital last year I was diagnosed with a side-branch IPMN. Due to a history of PC in the family my surgeon wanted to operate as soon as possible. However, I opted for an endoscopy which showed it was benign and surveillance.


My latest scan shows that the cyst has grown from 3mm to 4mm. I've had another endoscopy, the doctor said it looked fine but there may be node. Unfortunately, I will coming out of sedation when he mentioned this so my memory is a bit fuzzy.


I am seeing my consultant for the results of the biopsy soon. I know he will push for surgery again but I'm wondering that my options are?


- Should I opt for 6 monthly checks?

- Have it removed?


To add a bit of context I am a wheelchair user and worry about the impact surgery will have on my quality of life.

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