Answer of March 2001


Clinical History:

middle-aged female admitted for vomiting and abdominal pain.

Figure 1 (AXR)
Figure 2 (CECT)
Figure 3 (CECT)

What is your diagnosis?

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Pancreatic necrosis with portal vein gas.


Figure 1 AXR shows abnormal gas collection in the central abdomen above the transverse colon.

Figure 2 CT shows the whole of the pancreas is non-enhancing and replaced by gas. There is free fluid in the abdomen.

Figure 3 Gas is seen in the portal veins branches.

She was opened up.