Ectopic pancreatic tissue

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[edit] Discussion of Ectopic pancreatic tissue

  • Ectopic rests of pancreatic tissue are usually located in either:
    • Submucosa of the gastric antrum or
    • Proximal portion of the duodenum
  • Ectopic pancreatic tissue usually represents an incidental finding
  • If the ectopic pancreatic tissue is functional, it is subject to the same inflammatory and neoplastic disorders that involve the normal pancreas.
  • Laparoscopic gastric wedge resection is a safe and effective treatment for symptomatic pancreatic rests located in the stomach.

[edit] Imaging Findings for Ectopic pancreatic tissue

  • On upper gastrointestinal examination, an ectopic pancreas appears as an extramucosal, smooth, broad-based lesion either along the greater curvature of the gastric antrum or in the proximal duodenum.
  • In 45% of the cases of ectopic pancreas discovered on upper gastrointestinal examination, the ectopic pancreatic tissue contains a central small collection of barium, which is indicative of a central niche or umbilication. It is this finding that is diagnostic of ectopic pancreatic tissue

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