Pancreatic calcifications

Last revised by Dr Yahya Baba on 22 Feb 2020

Pancreatic calcifications can arise from many etiologies.

Punctate intraductal calcifications
Smaller intraductal calcifications
  • senile 
    • usually in patients aged over 70 years
    • scattered
    • number of calcifications increase with age
  • cystic fibrosis: finely granular calcifications in smallest ducts in end stage disease with pancreatic failure
  • atherosclerotic calcifications
  • chronic pancreatitis
Larger intraductal calcifications
Dystrophic calcification

Note: adenocarcinomas of the pancreas do not generally calcify; rather, they typically engulf previously present adjacent calcifications.

Pancreatic calcification mimics

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Cases and figures

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