Acute Pancreatitis

Several of the plain film changes associated with acute pancreatitis, while strongly suggestive of the diagnosis, are by no means pathognomonic. Ileus of the transverse colon in a pattern approaching the "colon cut-off" sign may be seen in a variety of conditions.1 "Sentinel-loop" dilatation of the descending duodenum may occur secondary to acute cholecystitis or acute right perinephri-tis. However, simultaneous paralytic dilatation of both, secondary to the effects of the extravasated enzymes along the shared anatomic planes, is diagnostic of acute pancreatitis (Fig. 10-34).

Essentials of Human Physiology

Essentials of Human Physiology

This ebook provides an introductory explanation of the workings of the human body, with an effort to draw connections between the body systems and explain their interdependencies. A framework for the book is homeostasis and how the body maintains balance within each system. This is intended as a first introduction to physiology for a college-level course.

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