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ISSN: 2165-7092

Pancreatic Disorders & Therapy
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Pancreatic Divisum: Beyond what is Obvious

Norman Oneil Machado*
Department of Surgery, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Muscat/ Oman
Corresponding Author : Norman Oneil Machado
Senior Consultant- Surgeon, Department of surgery
Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Muscat/ Oman
Tel: 0096899432723
E-mail: [email protected]
Received May 9, 2014; Accepted July 5, 2014; Published July 7, 2014
Citation: Machado NO (2014) Pancreatic Divisum: Beyond what is Obvious. Pancreat Disord Ther 4:139. doi:10.4172/2165-7092.1000139
Copyright: © 2014 Machado NO. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
 

Abstract

 In over 90% of healthy people, the dorsal and ventral endodermal pancreatic buds fuse to form the adult
pancreas. However, in about the remaining 10% of the population where the fusion does not occur, pancreatic
divisum (PD) results. This indeed is the commonest congenital anomaly of pancreas. The dorsal root usually drains
a part of pancreatic head, the body and tail of the pancreas via a minor papilla into the duodenum. The ventral root
drains the uncinate process and part of the pancreatic head with the CBD via the major papilla into the duodenum
and the two roots are communicated with one another. In classic PD (type1) there is a complete failure of fusion of
ducts, and a small ventral duct (Santorini) drains through the larger major papilla, and a larger dorsal duct (Wirsung)
drains through the smaller minor papilla. In type 2, there is a complete absence of duct of Wirsung. While in type
(incomplete PD), there is a filamentous or tiny caliber communication between the dominant dorsal duct of Wirsung
and duct of Santorini. In the western countries, the incomplete PD is uncommon with a reported incidence of
0.13%-0.9%. However recent reports from Japan and Korea show a much higher prevalence of 48% to 52%, of
incomplete PD. In patients with a large duct, the majority of the pancreatic secretions pass through the minor papilla
(instead of major) resulting in inadequate drainage and pain caused by obstruction. However while these features of
PD are relatively well known, there are some aspects of PD, which are not so obvious. These include its true
prevalence, its role in development of pancreatitis and carcinoma of pancreas, the genetic abnormalities and its
association with pancreatitis in presence of PD and the appropriate management of these patients when
symptomatic

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