Pancreas divisum: a cause of idiopathic acute pancreatitis

Ng, Wendy K.; Tarabain, Osman
April 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/28/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 9, p949
Academic Journal
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.


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