Chronic pancreatitis


The appearances are of chronic pancreatitis.

Worldwide, alcohol excess is the commonest cause although there is a wide differential.

Starting with the CXR this makes a decent examination viva case:

- spot the film edge (review area) of the chest radiograph abnormality of upper abdominal calcification

- this earns the abdominal radiograph to permit confirmation

- CT follows to facilitate a discussion on the causes of pancreatic calcification and the causes of chronic pancreatitis