After a number of attacks of severe upper abdominal pain, one lasting all night, I was given an abdominal ultrasound that showed a gallbladder polyp and fatty pancreas. I also have a 35 year history of Hepatitis C with stage 3 liver scarring. Should I be worried about the polyp and the fatty pancreas? What do they indicate? The attacks of pain sometimes last for 3 or 4 days.
Most gallbladder polyps are benign. The only treatment is removal of the gallbladder, and treatment is dependent on the size of the polyp. Polyps between 5-10mm should be followed closely with repeat ultrasounds every 3 months. Polyps larger than 10mm should be removed to ensure there is no cancer.
Regarding the pancreas, chronic pancreatitis can lead to this - possibly by chronic alcohol ingestion. You may want to consider a CT scan as well as pancreatic enzymes for further evaluation.
I would consider a referral to a GI specialist if you aren't seeing one already.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
Regarding my prior question and the posted answer, in light of the Hepatitis C diagnosis after a transfusion many years ago, I have not used alcohol for over 30 years and I wondered if anyone else with the Hepatitis C diagnosis has experienced gallbladder polyps and fatty pancreas after long-term Hep C.
I have Chronic Pancreatitis and SOd and did NOT get pancreatitis from alcohol. I belong to a board where another member is researching the possibility of thelink between Hep C and pancreatitis. You should check it out. You may find something useful there. It is a yahoo board group so I think you have to join to post. But I think it will be of benefit to you. http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/pancreatitis/
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