An apparent idiopathic case of relapsing acute pancreatitis

R. Nocente, N. G. Silveri, A. Gasbarrini, V. Cicconi, G. Caminiti, M. Mutignani, R. Manfredi, G. Gasbarrini

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Abstract

We describe a case of relapsing acute pancreatitis apparently idiopathic in a 55-year-old man. The patient did not smoke and was a modest and irregular drinker of wine. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography showed an initial dilatation of secondary ducts like a chronic pancreatitis of class I of Cremer. Ultrasound and computed tomography resulted negative for pancreatic lesions. In the follow-up however, magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography detected the presence of an intraductal mucin-hypersecreting neoplasm, a duct-ectatic mucinous cystic tumor of the pancreas, in the uncinate process. This is a benign lesion clearly recognized nowadays by magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography, because this radiological technique shows the grape-like clusters of cystic lesions in secondary ducts communicating with the main duct on the same plane. The radiological picture above excludes a malignant lesion and a biopsy specimen is not required. Furthermore, an intraductal mucin-hypersecreting neoplasm of the pancreas does not require an immediate surgical resection because of its slow evolution and can be followed-up. Conversely cystoadenocarcinoma spreads in peripheral ducts and does not communicate with the Wirsung duct. It requires both surgical resection and a biopsy specimen for histological diagnosis. In the last episode of acute pancreatitis, a sphincterotomy was performed at endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and our patient had no more pain for one year.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)572-573
Number of pages2
JournalHepato-Gastroenterology
Volume48
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Keywords

  • ERCP
  • MRCP
  • Mucinous cystic tumor
  • Pancreatitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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    Nocente, R., Silveri, N. G., Gasbarrini, A., Cicconi, V., Caminiti, G., Mutignani, M., Manfredi, R., & Gasbarrini, G. (2001). An apparent idiopathic case of relapsing acute pancreatitis. Hepato-Gastroenterology, 48(38), 572-573.