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ISSN: Print -2349-0977, Online - 2349-4387
PICTORIAL ESSAY
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 50-55

Multihued complications in acute pancreatitis: A kaleidoscopic retrospective


1 Department of Radiodiagnosis, Safdarjung Hospital and VM Medical College, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Surgery, Safdarjung Hospital and VM Medical College, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Swarna Gupta Jain
Department of Radiodiagnosis, Safdarjung Hospital and VM Medical College, New Delhi - 110 029
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2349-0977.131863

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Acute pancreatitis is a diffuse inflammatory process in and around the pancreas triggered by the leakage of activated pancreatic secretions. It may remain localized within the pancreatic glandular tissue or spread to involve the adjacent or remote tissue planes and organs. Since the morbidity and mortality of acute pancreatitis is closely related to the extent of intra- and extra-pancreatic complications, cross-sectional contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) imaging plays a major role in assessing the complications, stratifying the severity, and thus, prognosticating the outcome. Early diagnosis of complications allows for timely institution of specific measures that can help decrease the morbidity and mortality. This kaleidoscopic retrospective presents the complications of acute pancreatitis on CECT. The essay may benefit family physicians, surgeons, gastro-intestinal (GI) surgeons and GI physicians who manage such patients in their clinical practice, besides drawing the attention of residents and fellows practicing GI radiology.


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