If, in an ultrasound study designated for any indication, the pancreas is found to be non-uniform, this means that there are areas with an inflammatory process. Even if at the time of the examination the patient does not complain about his digestion, then there is a danger of soon getting diabetes mellitus or acute pancreatitis - depending on which part of the gland is found diffuse changes. The term "diffuse" means that the pathology is not concentrated in certain foci, but has simultaneously touched a multitude of organ points.
Diffuse pancreatic changes can be both age-related and associated with inflammatory processes. Inhomogeneity of the organ can be associated with various types of lesions. If there is no acute pancreatitis with necrotic changes, the diffusion of the gland may look like the presence of heterogeneous regions that do not have clear boundaries and distinct symptoms.
If there is edema and necrosis, the pancreatic irregularities are localized in areas with clear boundaries of inflammation. Usually in this case, certain parts of the gland are enlarged in size.
The structure of the pancreas can be normal, atrophic, locally or non-uniformly diffuse. If the diffuse heterogeneity is usually determined in the early stages of the disease, then the coordination expansion and atrophy indicate a neglected pathological process.
The evaluation of the pancreas is carried out according to different methods, but usually the normal echogenicity of the organ is a guideline. When there is swelling in the gland or a purulent effusion, the signal returned from these areas becomes shorter.
After an evaluation of the condition of the pancreatic parenchyma, the pancreatic duct is examined. If it is enlarged, then there is a suspicion that the patient has chronic pancreatitis. The narrowing of the canal and the presence of small stones in it can prevent a normal outflow of pancreatic enzymes and gastric juice, and this is fraught with the development of acute pancreatic necrosis. Therefore, with such data, the physician prescribes an additional examination of the patient to ensure that there are no tumors.
During ultrasound in the pancreas, various types of cysts can be found - hollow structures in its structure that also disrupt the uniformity of the organ.
Inhomogeneous pancreas in a child
Diffuse disorders of the structure of the pancreas are one of the main signs of inflammatory processes that arise due to the reactive development of a number of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. The primary cause of heterogeneity of the body, as a rule, is the disruption of the work of its enzyme. Interruptions in the functioning of the enzyme provoke the production of an increased amount of digestive juices, which leads to an overload of the organ and its subsequent deformation.
Inhomogeneous pancreas in a small child is a fairly common phenomenon, therefore, methods for eliminating such a violation have been developed and tested for a long time. The process of clinical treatment begins immediately after the decline in the peak production of digestive juices, since for the qualitative professional diagnosis of the disease and the development of medical methods it is necessary to restore the normal functioning of the digestive system. After the work of the pancreas of the child is stabilized, it is possible to start correcting its diffuse disorders and preventive measures.