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Conditions We Treat

The Pancreas Center at BIDMC specializes in treating a range of pancreatic diseases and conditions, including:

  • Chronic (long-lasting) pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), or upper abdominal pain thought to be pancreatitis
  • Acute pancreatitis (strikes suddenly)
  • Autoimmune pancreatitis (when the body’s immune system attacks its own pancreas)
  • Pancreatitis associated with mutations in the gene causing cystic fibrosis (an inherited disease that affects the pancreas and other organs that secrete fluids and mucus)
  • Genetic testing for pancreatic disease
  • Pancreatic cancer (pancreatic adenocarcinoma)
  • Cysts in the pancreas (sac-like structures that can be either benign, cancerous, or somewhere in between)
  • Pancreas divisum (a variation in the way the ducts connect to the pancreas), or other pancreatic abnormalities present at birth
  • Sphincter of oddi dysfunction (when a spasm in the sphincter, or muscle, prevents pancreatic juices from emptying, leading to inflammation)

Additional Services

  • Screening for patients who do not have, but are at high risk for, pancreatic cancer
  • Surveillance for patients with a family or personal history of pancreatic cancer
  • Nutritional and lifestyle counseling regarding living with pancreatic disease
  • Management of complications associated with prior pancreatic surgery

Pancreatic Cancer

We are part of the team of experts at BIDMC who treat pancreatic cancer. We work together with colleagues in the Cancer Center and the Insitute for Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery to provide multidisciplinary, patient- and family-centered diagnostics and treatment.

BIDMC offers advanced, minimally invasive surgical treatment, including robot-assisted surgery, and access to investigational therapies through clinical trials. Each year, our surgeons perform more than 160 major pancreatic operations, placing the medical center among the top five medical centers in the nation for pancreatic surgical volume.

Pancreas Center

Pancreas Center
Digestive Disease Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-667-5576