A santorinicele refers to a cystic dilatation of the end of the dorsal pancreatic duct (duct of Santorini) 1,2 and is believed to be analogous to a dilatation of the most distal common bile duct, which is commonly known as a choledochocele3.
It can occur in association with pancreas divisum.
Because most santoriniceles have been reported in elderly patients, it has been assumed that a santorinicele is most probably an acquired rather than a congenital condition.
It was first described in 1994 by Eisen et al3.
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