The Duplicated Pancreas: Imaging Evaluation of a Rare Anomaly Presenting as Acute PancreatitisRohr A1*, Best S1, Sugumar A2 and Ash A1
- Corresponding Author:
- Aaron Rohr
Department of Radiology
University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Mail Stop 4032
Kansas City, Kansas 66160, Kansa, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: November 01, 2016; Accepted Date: November 21, 2016; Published Date: November 25, 2016
Citation: Rohr A, Best S, Sugumar A, Ash A (2016) The Duplicated Pancreas: Imaging Evaluation of a Rare Anomaly Presenting as Acute Pancreatitis. OMICS J Radiol 5:240. doi: 10.4172/2167-7964.1000240
Copyright: © 2016 Rohr A, et al. 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.
There are multiple variants of normal anatomy involving multiple organ systems, many of which are well documented throughout the medical community. Specifically, the pancreas can demonstrate a wide range of variants that include divisum, ectopic tissue, annular pancreas, ductal variation, and pancreatic rests. However, upon literature review, a complete duplication of the pancreas resulting in two separate pancreases is rarely documented. This case provides an interesting diagnosis of two individual pancreases in a patient whom initially presented clinically with recurrent bouts of acute pancreatitis and weight loss status post prior cholecystectomy. Dedicated CT, MRI, MRCP, and endoscopic ultrasound were able to delineate pertinent anatomy and acute findings. The resultant patient course is difficult to predict secondary to limited documentation of duplicated pancreases in the medical literature. Additionally, the case helps provide insight into complications that may arise from this embryologic anomaly, the best imaging techniques for evaluation, and future management of this patient.