What were your symptoms associated with pancreas divisum?
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What are pancreas divisum symptoms?
Most individuals born with pancreas divisum
experience no symptoms throughout life, will remain undiagnosed, and will not
require treatment. A small number of patients with pancreas divisum will
experience repeated episodes of pancreatitis.
Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas that can cause
as well as more severe complications.
Some patients with pancreas divisum may develop chronic abdominal pain without pancreatitis.
Doctors are not certain how pancreas divisum causes abdominal pain and
pancreatitis. One theory is that the minor papilla is too narrow to adequately
drain the digestive juices in the dorsal portion of the pancreas. The backup of the digestive
juices elevates the pressure in the minor duct that causes abdominal pain and
pancreatitis. Others believe that there must be other factors above and beyond
pancreas divisum that predispose a certain population of patients to develop
pancreatitis. Research continues in order to determine the exact relationship.