Pancreatic Disorders & Therapy

Pancreatic Disorders & Therapy
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ISSN: 2165-7092

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Sabrina Testoni

Division of Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Vita-Salute, San Raffaele University, Scientific Institute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy

  • Review Article   
    Endoscopic Treatment of Pancreas Divisum: Facts and Unsettled Issues
    Author(s): Sabrina Testoni and Pier Alberto Testoni*

    Pancreas Divisum (PD) is the most common congenital malformation of the pancreas and leads to a dominant dorsal pancreatic duct draining through the minor papilla. The prevalence in western populations is about 10% and more than 95% of these patients are asymptomatic. Clinical manifestations of symptomatic PD include pancreatic pain, Recurrent Acute Pancreatitis (RAP) and Chronic Pancreatitis (CP). The etiological role of PD in the occurrence of pancreatic disease has not yet been clearly defined, but it may predispose to pancreatic disease in co-existence with other factors, such as genetic mutations. Patients with symptomatic PD could be treated by minor papilla therapy, either surgical or endoscopic, which have comparable outcomes. Minor papilla endotherapy (papillotomy and/ or dorsal duct stenting) is considered the first-line therapy due to a favorable advers.. View More»

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