Pancreatic calcification

Case contributed by Dr Saikat Sarkar


Chronic abdominal pain.The patient is an alcoholic.

Patient Data

Age: 30
Gender: Male

Plain abdominal radiograph shows coarse calcification in the distribution of the pancreas.

Case Discussion

Pancreatic calcifications are a specific imaging features of chronic pancreatitis.

Chronic pancreatitis is characterized by progressive pancreatic damage that eventually leads to impairment of both exocrine and endocrine functions of the pancreas. The most common cause of chronic pancreatitis in Western societies is alcohol abuse.

Pancreatic cancer (commonest types) typically does not calcify, but can be associated with underlying chronic calcific pancreatitis. Islet cell tumors can be associated with calcific pancreas (rare).

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Case information

rID: 31671
Published: 20th Oct 2014
Last edited: 26th Sep 2016
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