Differentiating a chronic hyperplastic mass from pancreatic cancer: a challenge remaining in multidetector CT of the pancreas.


Journal Article (Review)

A multitude of clinical symptoms originate from pancreatic inflammatory or neoplastic processes due to their highly complex composition, function, and anatomic relationships to adjacent organs as well as the heterogeneous patterns of vascular perfusion and neural innervation of the pancreatic gland which complicate an early and precise diagnosis. Whereas early assessment of inflammatory or neoplastic pancreatic processes is a prerequisite for a successful curative approach, the classical radiologic signs of chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic carcinoma show significant similarities. This article provides an overview of the pathogenesis and imaging findings in chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, including some new approaches for visualizing the subtle but distinct differences between these two entities.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Boll, DT; Merkle, EM

Published Date

  • December 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 Suppl 5 /

Start / End Page

  • M42 - M49

PubMed ID

  • 14989611

Pubmed Central ID

  • 14989611

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0938-7994

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s00330-003-2100-8


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Germany