Heterotopic pancreatic rests: imaging features, complications, and unifying concepts

David U. Kim, Meghan G. Lubner, Vincent M. Mellnick, Gayatri Joshi, Perry J. Pickhardt

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Objective: The spectrum of pancreatic heterotopia will be reviewed, including clinical features, potential complications, and imaging manifestations. This will also include a review of various entities associated with pancreatic heterotopia such as groove pancreatitis and cystic dystrophy of gastroduodenal heterotopic pancreas. These entities were previously thought of as distinct histopathologic entities but now appear to represent manifestations of pancreatic heterotopia. Conclusion: Pancreatic heterotopia and heterotopic pancreatitis can have a wide range of appearances. Several entities, which were previously thought to be distinct, can be considered manifestations of pancreatic heterotopia and heterotopic pancreatitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-225
Number of pages10
JournalAbdominal Radiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Cystic dystrophy of the duodenum
  • Groove pancreatitis
  • Heterotopic pancreas
  • Myoepithelial hamartoma
  • Paraduodenal pancreatitis


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