- Continuous, prolonged, inflammatory and fibrosing process of the pancreas with irreversible morphologic changes resulting in permanent endocrine and exocrine pancreatic dysfunction.
- Patients may present with acute exacerbations of epigastric pain over a number of years, jaundice, signs of malabsorption, or diabetes.
- The most common cause of chronic pancreatitis is excessive alcohol consumption.
- Acute pancreatitis and chronic pancreatitis are assumed to be different disease processes, and most cases of acute pancreatitis do not result in chronic disease.
 Imaging Findings
- Dilatation of the main pancreatic duct
- Changes in pancreatic size, shape, and contour
- Pancreatic pseudocysts
Patient #2: MR and CT demonstrate superior mesenteric vein thrombosis secondary to chronic pancreatitis
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