The Role of Chemical Shift Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Diagnosis of Focal Fatty Replacement of the Pancreas

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HS Fung, S Lau, KS Tse, JWC Wai, WK Wong, KW Tang, SCH Chan

Hong Kong J Radiol 2009;11:176-8

Focal fatty replacement of the pancreas is a rare benign disease that has been associated with obesity, diabetes mellitus, chronic pancreatitis, hereditary pancreatitis, and obstruction of the pancreatic duct. This report of a 48-year-old woman with focal fatty replacement of the pancreas illustrates the typical imaging findings on chemical shift magnetic resonance imaging. The differential diagnosis and a review of literature are discussed.