ANNULAR PANCREAS & TREATMENT
Definition: What is "Annular pancreas"?
Annular pancreas is an extremely rare condition that occurs in 1 out of 15,000 newborns. Annular pancreas is a condition wherein the second part of the "duodenum" is surrounded by pancreatic tissues that continue up to the head of the pancreas. This part of the pancreas constricts the duodenum & impairs or blocks the flow of food to the intestines.
Symptoms & Signs
Early signs of annular pancreas include abnormalities such as polyhydramnios, low birth weight, excess amniotic fluid & feeding intolerance after birth.
Treatment: How to Treat "Annular pancreas"?
To confirm Annular pancreas in newborns, ultrasound, CT scan, abdominal x-ray & series of upper GI & small bowel can be used immediately after birth. Treatment to Annular pancreas is usually done by bypassing obstructed segments of the duodenum using a process called "duodenostomy". Laparoscopic gastrojejunostomy is another method that can be used to treat Annular pancreas.
Annular pancreas is usually associated with abnormal development of embryos. However, Annular pancreas can also occur in adults.