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Context Ansa pancreatica is a type of pancreatic ductal variation. The exact clinical significance of this ductal variation is not clear. Case report We report the case of a 21-yearold male with acute idiopathic severe pancreatitis and extensive parenchymal necrosis who later developed a large pancreatic abscess. Subsequently, transpapillary drainage of the pancreatic abscess was attempted and on endoscopic retrograde pancreatography, disruption in the mid-body of the pancreas and the ansa pancreatica type of ductal anatomy was noted. A 7 Fr nasopancreatic catheter was placed across the disruption. However, due to the development of a new abscess, surgical drainage was performed. The patient has since been asymptomatic over a one-year follow up period. Conclusion A pancreatic ductal variation such as ansa pancreatica may be a finding in severe acute pancreatitis; it is not clear if the presence of these two conditions is coincidental or if ansa pancreatica causes acute pancreatitis. Further studies are needed to clarify these points.