Korean J Gastrointest Endosc.  2005 Apr;30(4):230-234.

A Case of Acute Pancreatitis Caused by Santorinicele with Incomplete Pancreas Divisum

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Pusan National University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea. doc0224@chol.com
  • 2Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Pusan National University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea.


A focal cystic dilatation of the terminal portion of the dorsal pancreatic duct at the minor papilla, termed "santorinicele", is seen in a small number of patients with pancreas divisum. Santorinicele is believed to result from a combination, either acquired or congenital, of relative obstruction and weakness of the distal ductal wall and has been suggested as a possible cause of relative stenosis of the accessory papilla, a risk factor for pancreatitis. We report a case of santorinicele associated with incomplete pancreas divisum, found in a 68-year-old woman presented with acute pancreatitis with a brief review of the literatures.


Santorinicele; Pancreas divisum; Acute pancreatitis
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