Tumors of the Pancreas | Symptoms & Causes

What are the symptoms of tumors of the pancreas?

The symptoms of pancreatic tumors may vary from child to child and depend on where the tumor is located and whether it produces hormones. Symptoms might mimic other, more common ailments, or there may be no symptoms if a tumor is not producing hormones or feelings of pain and fullness if a non-functioning tumor grows large, pressing on nearby tissues and organs.

Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • low blood sugar
  • stomach ulcers, vomiting blood, abdominal and back pain, reflux, and diarrhea from tumors that produce gastrin (gastrinomas)
  • diarrhea, dehydration, low sodium, weight changes, or high blood pressure
  • jaundice

Because many of these symptoms can also point to other conditions, it’s important to have your child evaluated for diagnosis by a qualified medical professional right away.

What causes tumors of the pancreas?

 It is important to understand that often tumors emerge with no known cause. Many result from a mingling of genetic and environmental factors. In some cases, inherited conditions are linked to the development of pancreatic tumors, as is the case with von Hippel Lindau syndrome and multiple endocrine neoplasia syndromes.