Revista Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Print version ISSN 0120-0011
DOMINGUEZ, Lenin Enríquez et al. Acute pancreatitis as a presentation of bile duct cyst in adults: a case report. Rev.fac.med.unal [online]. 2009, vol.57, n.1, pp. 63-66. ISSN 0120-0011.
An adult female patient who attended an ER with acute pancreatitis as a complication of bile duct cyst disease is described here; she was diagnosed by abdominal ultrasonogram during her hospital stay. A diagnosis of bile duct cysts is difficult to make in adults, since patients rarely present the classic picture of abdominal pain, palpable mass and jaundice; it is mainly presented as a biliary duct or pancreatic tissue complication. There are few publications on this topic in the west. A diagnosis can be made by ultrasound in many cases and is the image study of choice due to its low cost and accessibility. These are only few western publications concerning this subject. The importance of making an early diagnosis, classification and surgical treatment (total resection of the cyst) lies in the high risk of malignancy developing.
Keywords : pancreatitis; choledochal cyst.