Inflammatory mimickers of pancreatic adenocarcinoma

Kunal Kothari, Camila Lopes Vendrami, Linda C. Kelahan, Joon Soo Shin, Pardeep Mittal, Frank H. Miller*

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Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma can be a difficult imaging diagnosis early in its course given its subtle imaging findings such as focal pancreatic duct dilatation, abrupt duct cut-off, and encasement of vasculature. A variety of pancreatitidies have imaging findings that mimic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and lead to mass formation making diagnosis even more difficult on imaging alone. These conditions include acute focal pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, autoimmune pancreatitis, and paraduodenal (“groove”) pancreatitis. This review will focus on imaging findings that can help differentiate these inflammatory processes from pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1387-1396
Number of pages10
JournalAbdominal Radiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2020


  • Autoimmune pancreatitis
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Computed tomography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology


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