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Morphologic Classification of Congenital Short Pancreas on Multidetector Computed Tomography

Cho, Hyun Suk MD; Woo, Ji Young MD, PhD; Hong, Hye-Suk MD, PhD; Kim, Yoo Na MD; Yang, Ik MD, PhD; Lee, Yul MD, PhD; Kim, Han Myun MD

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: September/October 2013 - Volume 37 - Issue 5 - p 797–804
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0b013e31829ce256
Abdominal Imaging

Objective The objective of this study was to assess the imaging characteristics and classify congenital short pancreas on the basis of morphologic features on multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) and to determine the associated diseases and congenital anomalies of each type.

Methods We conducted a retrospective search from 2006 to 2012 using the keywords “short pancreas,” “agenesis or hypoplasia of the dorsal pancreas,” or “hypoplasia of the ventral pancreas.” Clinical data and images were analyzed; finally, 24 patients with congenital short pancreas were included in this study. Imaging features of the 3 types of congenital short pancreas and their associated anomalies on MDCT were evaluated.

Results Congenital short pancreas was classified into type 1 (agenesis or hypoplasia of the dorsal pancreas): no congenital anomaly but presence of diabetes mellitus (45%); type 2 (agenesis or hypoplasia of the pancreatic uncinate process): intestinal malrotation (100%); and type 3 (combined hypoplasia or agenesis of the uncinate process and dorsal pancreas): a spectrum of various congenital anomalies, including abdominal heterotaxy and abnormal spleen (100%).

Conclusions Recognizing the spectrum of agenesis or hypoplasia of the pancreas and morphologic classification of congenital short pancreas on MDCT may help radiologists detect and understand disease associated with congenital short pancreas.

From the Department of Radiology, Hallym University College of Medicine, Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Received for publication March 18, 2013; accepted May 21, 2013.

Reprints: Ji Young Woo, MD, PhD, Department of Radiology, Hallym University College of Medicine, Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital, 948‐1, Daerim 1-Dong, Yungdungpo-Gu, Seoul 150‐950, Republic of Korea (e-mail:

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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