Auto-Immune Pancreatitis: The Diagnostic Role of Imaging Studies

João Ressurreição, Maria Bali, Celso Matos

Abstract


Auto-immune pancreatitis is an uncommon and underdiagnosed pathology. Its clinical picture is not specific and the diagnosis is therefore difficult. Imaging studies have a crucial role in the diagnostic process and also in the follow-up of treatment. With the objective of emphasizing the importance of imaging in the correct diagnosis of this pathology, the authors report the case of a patient with longterm unspecific abdominal complaints that was diagnosed as auto-immune pancreatitis after laboratorial and imaging investigation. Assuming this diagnosis it was instituted treatment with oral methylprednisolone, which succeeded, with progressive resolution of the clinical, laboratorial and imaging findings.

Keywords


Autoimmune Diseases; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Pancreatitis; Tomography, X-Ray Computed.

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