TITLE

Pancreas divisum: a cause of idiopathic acute pancreatitis

AUTHOR(S)
Ng, Wendy K.; Tarabain, Osman
PUB. DATE
April 2009
SOURCE
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/28/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 9, p949
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents a case of a 23-year-old woman diagnosed with pancreas divisum. It notes that the patient experienced intermittent dyspepsia after meals and acute-oneset epigastric pain, nausea and vomiting. Accordingly, her ultrasonography showed gallbladder sludge with no evidence of stones and the results of tests for autoimmune pancreatitis were negative; however, the patient had persistent abdominal pain and an elevated lipase level. It also mentions that endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography or endoscopic ultrasonography are the effective tools to diagnose pancreas divisum. It also states that alcohol abuse, gallstones, and tropical pancreatitis are some of the common causes of pancreatitis.
ACCESSION #
38217639

 

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