Pancreas Divisum: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 10/12/2021

Pancreas divisum is a developmental abnormality of the pancreas. Pancreas divisum is expected to occur in about 10% of people.

Most people born with pancreas divisum experience no symptoms throughout their life, will never be diagnosed with the condition, and will not require treatment. A small number of patients with pancreas divisum will experience repeated episodes of inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). Associated symptoms of pancreatitis can include abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.

Cause of pancreas divisum

Failure of the ducts of the pancreas to completely fuse during embryonal development causes pancreas divisum. The result is that the pancreas is drained by two separate ducts instead of a common duct.

Other pancreas divisum symptoms and signs

  • No Symptoms or Signs


Pancreatitis is inflammation of an organ in the abdomen called the pancreas. See Answer

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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.