Pancreatic calcifications

Pancreatic calcifications can arise from many etiologies.

Punctate intraductal calcifications
Smaller intraductal calcifications
  • senile 
    • usually in patients aged over 70 years
    • scattered
    • number of calcifications increase with age
  • cystic fibrosis: finely granular calcifications in smallest ducts in end stage disease with pancreatic failure
  • atherosclerotic calcifications
  • chronic pancreatitis
Larger intraductal calcifications
Dystrophic calcification

Note: adenocarcinomas of the pancreas do not generally calcify; rather, they typically engulf previously present adjacent calcifications.

Pancreatic calcification mimics
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rID: 18168
Section: Gamuts
Tag: rewrite
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Pancreatic calcification
  • Pancreatic calcifications
  • Calcification within the pancreas

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