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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A pancreatic pseudocyst is a sac of fluid on or near your pancreas.
WHILE YOU ARE HERE:
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is a small tube placed in your vein that is used to give you medicine or liquids.
Oxygen may be needed if your blood oxygen level is lower than it should be. You may get oxygen through a mask placed over your nose and mouth or through small tubes placed in your nostrils. Ask your caregiver before you take off the mask or oxygen tubing.
A nasogastric tube is put into your nose, and down your throat until it reaches your stomach. Food and medicine may be given through this tube if you cannot take anything by mouth. The tube may instead be attached to suction, if caregivers need to keep your stomach empty.
- Pain medicine may be given to decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you ask for more medicine.
- Antinausea medicine may be given to calm your stomach and help prevent vomiting.
- Antibiotics may be given to treat or prevent a bacterial infection.
Telemetry is continuous monitoring of your heart rhythm. Sticky pads placed on your skin connect to an EKG machine that records your heart rhythm.
Blood tests may be done to give caregivers information about how you body is working. The blood may be taken from your hand, arm, or IV.
You may need surgery to remove the pseudocyst, or drain the fluid from it.
Your pseudocyst may grow larger. It may rupture, bleed, or become infected. If you have surgery, you may bleed more than expected or get an infection. An infection that spreads through your body could be life-threatening.
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