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Developmental malformation in which the head of the pancreas forms a ring around the duodenum
Risk of duodenal obstruction

Annular pancreas


Inflammation and hemorrhage of pancreas due to autodigestion of pancreatic parenchyma by pancreatic enzymes
What types of necrosis?
Most commonly due to Gallstones, Ethanol, Trauma, Steroids, Mumps, Autoimmune, Scorpion sting, Hypercalcemia/lipidemia, Drugs like sulfa drugs (Remember GET SMASHED)

Acute Pancreatitis

liquefactive hemorrhagic necrosis of the pancrease and fat necrosis of the peripancreatic fat


S/S: epigastric abdominal pain that radiates to the back
Nausea and vomiting
Periumbilical and and flank hemorrhage (necrosis spreads into the periumbilical soft tissue and retroperitoneum)
Lab findings?

Acute pancreatitis

Elevated serum lipase and amylase (lipase is more specific for pancreatic damage)

Hypocalcemia (Ca is consumed during saponification in fat necrosis)


Complications of acute pancreatitis?

Shock (due to hemorrhage and fluid sequestration)
Pancreatic pseudocyst
Pancreatic abscess


formed by fibrous tissue surrounding liquefactive necrosis and pancreatic enzymes, lined by granulation tissue not epithelium
S/S: abdominal mass w/persistently elevated serum amylase
Rupture/hemorrhage associated with release of enzymes into abd cavity and hemorrhage

Pancreatic pseudocyst


Often due to E. coli, presents with abdominal pain, high fever, persistenly elevated amylase

Pancreatic abscess


Fibrosis of pancreatic parenchyma, most often secondary to recurrent acute pancreatitis
Chronic inflammation, atrophy, calcification
Due to EtOH (adults) and Cystic fibrosis (Kids) or idiopathic

Chronic pancreatitis


S/S: Epigastric abdominal pain that radiates to the back
Pancreatic insufficiency - malabsorption, steatorrhea and fat soluble vitamin def (ADEK).
Can you use amylase and lipase as serological markers?
Dystrophic calcification of pancreatic parenchyma on imaging; contrast studies reveal a "chain of lakes" pattern due to dilatation of pancreatic ducts
2ndary DM - late complication due to destruction of islets
Increased risk for pancreatic adenocarcinoma

Chronic pancreatitis

Can't use amylase and lipase reliably, may or may not be elevated so not useful


Adenocarcinoma arising from the pancreatic ducts
Seen in 70s
Two major risk factors?

Pancreatic adenocarcinoma
1) Smoker
2) chronic pancreatitis (esp >20 yrs)
3) diabetes
4) Age >50
5) Jewish and AA males
Very aggressive, Average prognosis 1 year survival is 10%


Tumor arising from pancreatic ducts
Disorganized glandular structure w/cellular infiltration
Already metastasized usually at presentation
Tumors more common in pancreatic head (=> obstructive jaundice)
Tumor marker associations?

Pancreatic adenocarcinoma

CEA is less specific


Epigastric abdominal pain radiating to back and weight loss (but mostly painless jaundice)
Obstructive jaundice with pale stools and palpable gallbladder (What sign?)
Associated with tumors that arise in the head of the pancreas (most common location)
2ndary DM if arise in body or tail
Migratory thrombophlebitis (syndrome?)

Pancreatic adenocarcinoma

1) Courvoisier sign
2) Redness and tenderness on palpation of extremities (Trousseau syndrome)

Treat: Whipple (removal of heak and neck of pancreas, proximal duodenum, and gallbladder), chemo, radiation