Clinical and radiologic characteristics of pancreatic head carcinoma without main pancreatic duct dilatation: Using dual-phase contrast-enhanced CT scan

Seong Eun Ko, In Young Choi, Sang Hoon Cha, Suk Keu Yeom, Seung Hwa Lee, Hwan Hoon Chung, Jong Jin Hyun

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    Abstract

    Purpose: The purpose was to evaluate characteristics of pancreatic cancer without main pancreatic duct (MPD) dilatation on dual-phase computed tomographic (CT) scans. Materials and methods: We studied 16 patients with pancreatic head cancer without accompanying MPD dilatation and 39 patients with MPD dilatation. Results: Elevation of serum amylase level and peripancreatic fluid collection were more frequently seen in the MPD(-). Common bile duct dilatation and atrophy of the upstream pancreatic parenchyma were more frequently seen in MPD(+). Conclusion: Pancreatic cancers without MPD dilatation were more frequently related to acute pancreatitis and had fewer secondary signs. Thus, early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with these characteristics could be difficult.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)548-552
    Number of pages5
    JournalClinical Imaging
    Volume40
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016 May 1

    Keywords

    • Computed tomography
    • Ductal adenocarcinoma
    • Main pancreatic duct dilatation
    • Pancreas

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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