pancreas divisum

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A congenital abnormality in which the pancreas develops in two parts draining separately into the duodenum, the small ventral pancreas through the main ampulla and the larger dorsal pancreas through an accessory papilla. In rare instances this is associated with recurrent abdominal pain, probably due to inadequate drainage of the dorsal pancreas. Diagnosis is usually made by CT scanning, magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), or ERCP.

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