Chronic pancreatitis

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Chronic abdominal pain. Symptoms of pancreatic exocrine deficiency ie malabsorption. Chronic alcoholic.

Patient Data

Age: 62
Gender: Male

Gross dilatation of the pancreatic duct (and gland atrophy) with subtle filling defect in the duct at the head extending into the accessory duct draining the uncinate process - easily seen as calcification on CT but not that apparent on MRI.  Calcification is actually calculi in the duct causing obstruction (thus failure of exocrine pancreatic function)


Non-contrast CT

Non-contrast CT has been preformed to detect calcification, which are presence in abundance. 

Case Discussion

Features typical of chronic pancreatitis with duct calculi on CT and MRI

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Case information

rID: 17014
Published: 9th Mar 2012
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
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