Joshua J. Lim, M.D., is fellowship-trained surgeon with The Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Center at Mercy.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
The surgeons of The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Mercy treat a variety of conditions including gallbladder disease, gallstones, hernia, colon cancer and GERD.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
It is important to have any cyst found in the pancreas evaluated for pancreatic cancer. At The Center for Comprehensive Pancreatic Care at Mercy in Baltimore, Dr. Amit Raina works with a team of multidisciplinary specialists to provide expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic disease, including pancreatic cysts, pancreatic cancer, and pancreatitis.
A pancreatic cyst is an abnormal sack-like fluid pocket on or in the pancreas. A pancreatic cyst can be benign, precancerous, or malignant. Often a cyst is not technically a pancreatic cyst, but a pseudocyst, which is lined with inflammatory or scar tissue not with cancerous cells. However, since some cysts found in the pancreas can lead to pancreatic cancer, the cysts should be examined and tested to determine the cyst type.
A pancreatic cyst often does not cause symptoms. If pancreatic cyst symptoms do occur, they can include:
Most often a pancreatic cyst is found when having an abdominal examination for another reason.
Treatment options for a pancreatic cyst differ depending on the cyst type and symptoms. Many cysts can be left alone unless there are symptoms or the cyst enlarges.
Pancreatic cyst treatments can include:
The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center brings Baltimore-based top gastroenterologists, doctors, surgeons and specialists to the patient communities of the Mid-Atlantic region with leading treatments for diseases and conditions affecting the digestive tract, including liver and hepatobiliary diseases, inflammatory bowel and colorectal diseases such as Crohn's disease or colitis, conditions of the pancreas, heartburn and reflux disease (GERD), and stomach and intestinal disorders.
Dr. Bryan Curtin is a Board Certified gastroenterologist with specialized expertise in gastrointestinal (GI) motility disorders.
Smokers who quit have a 65 percent lower risk of a Crohn's disease flare-up and are less likely to need steroids or other medications.