Deciphering the results of ultrasound of the pancreas in pancreatitis, what is the norm?

In order for the doctor to accurately decipher the results of the ultrasound of a patient's pancreas, he must have some knowledge and experience. It is also very desirable that the patient undergoes preliminary preparation for a procedure that will facilitate the procedure of ultrasound and will allow obtaining the most accurate results of the study. Therefore, the first thing that is done, sending a patient with suspicion of pancreatitis, is to carry out briefing, including recommendations, after which the patient removes excess air from the abdominal organs, which prevents during ultrasound to determine the boundaries of the pancreas. A recommendation is also given regarding nutrition before ultrasound, water intake, and in some cases, the intake of medications that reduce meteorisms.

In the ultrasound, the doctor observes whether the echostructure of the gland is normal and records the result in the card. Normally, the pancreas in its ehostrukture should look the same density as the liver or slightly different. If the echos structure was changed, this indicates pathological processes in the pancreas, and a line on the form about the results of the study: the "altered echostructure" should be deciphered as a symptom of acute pancreatitis with reduced patency of ultrasound rays, which is caused by a gland swelling, or as a symptom of chronic pancreatitis, ifheterogeneity and patency have increased. The interpretation of high patency, as a symptom of chronic form pancreatitis, is associated with cicatricial changes and the development of fibrosis of the gland.

Often in patients with suspected pancreatic disease, the results of ultrasound show a mention that during the ultrasound procedure, an expansion of the Virpsong duct to 3.5 mm was observed. To decipher this inscription it is necessary as one more symptom of pancreatitis, since the normal diameter of the pancreatic duct does not exceed two millimeters, and only if intravenous injection of secretin has been used can it expand to 5 mm. But with pancreatitis, expansion after secretin does not occur.

After completing ultrasound, the doctor makes all that he was able to determine during the examination of the pancreas in the patient's card, recording the results of his observations. The patient can always ask a specialist to decipher briefly recorded information about the condition of his gland. An experienced specialist can easily tell you what changes in the structure and size of the pancreas are talking about the dangers of the disease of the gland.

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