Pancreatitis in the Elderly

  • Peter D. Zdankiewicz
  • Dana K. Andersen

Abstract

The anatomy of the pancreas changes with normal aging. Atrophy of the pancreas occurs with age, and its weight may fall from a normal 60–100 g to 40 g or less by 85 years of age.1 This may actually facilitate detection of a small or subtle pancreatic mass, which may appear more prominent on imaging studies relative to the atrophied gland. The head of the pancreas and duodenal C loop may be displaced interiorly, with the ampulla of Vater found as low as the third or fourth lumbar vertebra; and in one case it was reported at the level of the second sacral vertebra.2 This inferior displacement of the pancreas can potentially cause difficulty interpreting radiographic studies.

Keywords

Acute Pancreatitis Chronic Pancreatitis Biliary Tract Disease Gallstone Pancreatitis Biliary Pancreatitis 
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  • Peter D. Zdankiewicz
  • Dana K. Andersen

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