CT of blunt pancreatic trauma-A pictorial essay

Sudhakar Kundapur Venkatesh, John Mun Chin Wan

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Abstract

Blunt trauma to pancreas is uncommon and clinical features are often non-specific and unreliable leading to possible delays in diagnosis and therefore increased morbidity. CT has been established as the imaging modality of choice for the diagnosis of abdominal solid-organ injury in the blunt trauma patient. The introduction of multidetector-row CT allows for high resolution scans and multiplanar reformations that improve diagnosis. Detection of pancreatic injuries on CT requires knowledge of the subtle changes produced by pancreatic injury. The CT appearance of pancreatic injury ranges from a normal initial appearance of the pancreas to active pancreatic bleeding. Knowledge of CT signs of pancreatic trauma and a high index of suspicion is required in diagnosing pancreatic injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-320
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Radiology
Volume67
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008

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Keywords

  • Blunt trauma
  • CT
  • Pancreas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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