Imaging and Treatment Features of Idiopathic Pancreatitis and Pancreas Divisum in a Young Man: A Case Report

Sari VenesmaaSari Venesmaa, Markku Heikkinen, Sakari Kainulainen, Hannu Manninen

Abstract


Some patients with pancreas divisum (PD) develop symptoms of recurrent pancreatitis. This is probably caused by insufficient drainage of the pancreatic duct. Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a non-invasive test reported to be highly accurate in diagnosing PD. Endoscopic minor papilla sphincterotomy is most effective in the treatment of patients with PD and pancreatic stones. We report a case of 17-year-old boy who has suffered from several abdominal pain attacks throughout his childhood without a specific diagnosis. Radiological findings after the first episode of pancreatitis were typical for PD and led to specific treatment and cure.




doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4021/gr529e

Keywords


Pancreas divisum; Idiopathic pancreatitis; Imaging; MRCP; ERCP

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