Pancreatic atrophy

Pancreatic atrophy is non-specific and is common in elderly patients, although in younger patients it can be a hallmark of pathology. Most commonly it is associated with aging, obesity and end-stage chronic pancreatitis

It occurs principally with fatty replacement of the pancreas (pancreatic lipomatosis), and the etiology overlaps considerably. 

Lobular (lubulocentric) atrophy may be seen in pancreatic malignancies including adenocarcinoma, pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PanIN) and IPMN 4,5,6

Pancreatic pathology

Article information

rID: 35509
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Atrophy of the pancreas

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: chronic pancreatitis
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  • Case 2: cystic fibrosis
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