Chronic pancreatitis

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[edit] Discussion

  • Continuous, prolonged, inflammatory and fibrosing process of the pancreas with irreversible morphologic changes resulting in permanent endocrine and exocrine pancreatic dysfunction.
  • Patients may present with acute exacerbations of epigastric pain over a number of years, jaundice, signs of malabsorption, or diabetes.
  • The most common cause of chronic pancreatitis is excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Acute pancreatitis and chronic pancreatitis are assumed to be different disease processes, and most cases of acute pancreatitis do not result in chronic disease.

[edit] Imaging Findings

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  • Dilatation of the main pancreatic duct
  • Calcifications
  • Changes in pancreatic size, shape, and contour
  • Pancreatic pseudocysts

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Patient #1

Patient #2: MR and CT demonstrate superior mesenteric vein thrombosis secondary to chronic pancreatitis

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