Radiological findings in Acute Pancreatitis

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Radiological findings in Acute Pancreatitis

Plain x-ray abdomen shows

  • Ill-defined tissue planes, dilated bowel loops, and hazy renal and psoas shadows
  • Isolated small bowel dilated loops near the pancreas due to isolated ileus (Sentinal loop)
  • Colon cut-off sign: It is a non-specific finding. There is spasm in the transverse colon with absence of colonic gas beyond it.
  • Haziness due to ascites.
  • Extraluminal gas bubbles indicating a pancreatic abscess.

X-ray chest (PA view) shows

  • Raised domes of diaphragm
  • Pleural effusion
  • Atelectasis
  • Pneumonitis
  • Cardiomegaly or CHF
  • Interstitial fluffy shadows


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