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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    IPMN cyst in head of pancreas

    I have had 12 bouts of acute pancreatitis since August 2016 due to an IPMN cyst (side branch) releasing thick mucus into the pancreatic ducts thus blocking the flow of digestive enzymes that are produced by the pancreas causing enzymes to return to the pancreas causing acute inflammation.

    Could a few squirts of lemon juice into a cup of warm water every morning half an hour before ingesting anything assist in keeping the enzymes in the ducts flowing freely due to the citric acid?

    I'd appreciate any comments or suggestions
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  • Dr Jason Wong

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon, Upper GI Surgeon (Abdominal)

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    Unfortunately there is no evidence for lemon juice or any other type of home remedy in treating an IPMN of the pancreas.

    I would recommend that your GP refer you to a Hepatobiliary Surgeon to be reviewed for your treatment plan to be considered.

    There may be endoscopic or surgical procedures that could assist in preventing your risk of pancreatitis, or removing the IPMNs.

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