Acute pancreatitis

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[edit] Discussion

  • Acute inflammatory process of the pancreas with variable involvement of other regional tissues or remote organ systems.
  • Etiologies
    • Gallstones and alcohol abuse are the most common causes of acute pancreatitis, accounting for 60-80% of cases.
    • Other etiologies inlcude idiopathic, blunt trauma, post endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, hypertriglyceridemia, drug-induced, congenital anomalies (pancreatic divisum, choledochocele), pancreatic tumors, cystic fibrosis, and Reye syndrome.
  • Local complications include fluid collections, pancreatic pseudocysts, abscess, pancreatic necrosis, hemorrhage, venous thrombosis, and pseudoaneurysm formation.

[edit] Imaging Findings

[edit] Images

Patient #1: Gallstone pancreatitis

Patient #2: Necrotizing pancreatitis

[edit] See Also

[edit] External Links

Goldminer: Acute pancreatits

[edit] References

E-medicine: radiology article