Pancreatitis in the developmentally anomalous pancreas

Abdom Radiol (NY). 2020 May;45(5):1316-1323. doi: 10.1007/s00261-019-02197-8.


Developmental anomalies of the pancreas include more common entities such as pancreas divisum and annular pancreas, and unusual entities such as heterotopic pancreas. While these anomalies can present a diagnostic challenge to the radiologist, when the pancreatic tissue involved in these processes develops pancreatitis, the radiographic appearance can present a diagnostic dilemma. Awareness of these pancreatic anomalies and familiarity with their appearance when inflamed is necessary to distinguish pancreatitis in the developmentally anomalous pancreas from other inflammatory or neoplastic processes.

Keywords: Annular pancreas; Computed tomography; Heterotopic pancreas; Magnetic resonance imaging; Pancreas; Pancreas divisum; Pancreatitis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Pancreas / abnormalities*
  • Pancreatitis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pancreatitis / etiology*