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Author: Mikael Häggström [notes 1]

Acute pancreatitis

Choice of modality

  • Suspected severe pancreatitis (such as persisting organ failure, signs of sepsis, or deterioration in clinical status 3-7 days after admission),[4] in order to stage the severity,[3] also in children.[5]
  • More uncertain diagnosis, such as acute abdominal pain where the clinic does not point towards the biliary system or pancreas, or a previous ultrasound not adequately visualizing the pancreas, also in children.[5]
  • Initial evaluation of suggested chronic pancreatitis.[6]
  • If a patient is treated for an acute pancreatitis of unknown cause without ultrasonograhy, it is appropriate to do an ultrasonography of gallstones, which can be done at a later time.


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  2. Türkvatan, A.; Erden, A.; Türkoğlu, M.A.; Seçil, M.; Yener, Ö. (2015). "Imaging of acute pancreatitis and its complications. Part 1: Acute pancreatitis ". Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging 96 (2): 151–160. doi:10.1016/j.diii.2013.12.017. ISSN 22115684. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Busireddy, Kiran K; AlObaidy, Mamdoh; Ramalho, Miguel; Kalubowila, Janaka; Baodong, Liu; Santagostino, Ilaria; Semelka, Richard C (2014). "Pancreatitis-imaging approach ". World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology 5 (3): 252. doi:10.4291/wjgp.v5.i3.252. ISSN 2150-5330. 
  4. Rogers, P.; Adlan, T.; Page, G. (2014). "Non-invasive imaging in pancreatitis ". BMJ 349 (aug28 1): g5223–g5223. doi:10.1136/bmj.g5223. ISSN 1756-1833. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Restrepo, Ricardo; Hagerott, Heidi E.; Kulkarni, Sakil; Yasrebi, Mona; Lee, Edward Y. (2016). "Acute Pancreatitis in Pediatric Patients: Demographics, Etiology, and Diagnostic Imaging ". American Journal of Roentgenology 206 (3): 632–644. doi:10.2214/AJR.14.14223. ISSN 0361-803X. 
  6. Ali Nawaz Khan (2019-01-24). Chronic Pancreatitis Imaging. Medscape.