VOLUME 37 - NUMBER 4 - 2016

Pancreas divisum: correlation between anatomical abnormalities and bile precipitation in the gallbladder in seven patients

  • Izzo P., Di Cello P., Pugliese F., Izzo S., Grande R., Biancucci F., Sinaimeri G., Razionale F., Costi U., Al Mansour M., Muneer A., Valabrega S., Izzo L.
  • Original Article, 155-157
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  • Pancreas divisum is a genetic defect associated with recurrent acute pancreatitis due to insufficient drainage of the accessory pancreatic duct. Seven young patients diagnosed with pancreatic divisum and thickening of the gallbladder bile as shown on magnetic resonance cholangio-pancreatography without pancreatic ductal changes underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy. During the mean follow-up of 32 months no episode of pancreatitis was reported. There is an association between PD and higher concentration of bile in the gallbladder. Cholecystectomy can be considered curative in patients with PD in the absence of indications for major surgery.

  • KEY WORDS: Pancreas divisum - Laparoscopic cholecystectomy - Pancreatitis.