Question: What is depicted by the image below (see arrows) and what diagnosis does this finding point towards?
Answer: In this image, one of the main findings is a pancreatic pseudocyst which is a complication of chronic pancreatitis. In patients who are asymptomatic, the management is conservative and includes follow up imaging in 3-6 months with CT/MRI to assess for reduction in size or resolution. In patients who have symptoms or signs of obstruction/bleeding/infection, then drainage may be required.
- Howell & Shah. Approach to walled-off pancreatic fluid collections in adults. UptoDate page – https://www.uptodate.com/contents/approach-to-walled-off-pancreatic-fluid-collections-in-adults Accessed May 1, 2022.
- Pancreatic pseudocyst, a delayed complication of organophosphorus poisoning – Scientific Figure on ResearchGate. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/CT-image-showing-large-lobulated-pancreatic-pseudocyst-A-contrast-enhanced-abdominal_fig1_327552330 [accessed April 23, 2022]