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Annular Pancreas | Duodenal Birth Defect - Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for annular pancreas?

You should consult your family physician when you experience abdominal pain. After a medical examination, the doctor may recommend laboratory tests and imaging studies to understand the diagnosis.

2. What is the outcome of annular pancreas following treatment?

Annular pancreas when treated with surgery has a good response rate though adults may be susceptible to cancer.

3. How is the body affected when the pancreas fail?

The pancreas is an organ that releases enzymes to digest food before it enters the small intestine. When the pancreas fail, conditions, such as pancreatitis, diabetes, and pancreatic cancer develop.

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4. What is the incidence of annular pancreas in adults?

In adults, annular pancreas is observed at a frequency of 0.005 to 0.015%.

5. What are the conditions rarely associated with annular pancreas?

Malignancy (cancer) or obstructive jaundice, are rarely observed in cases of annular pancreas.

6. What is portal annular pancreas?

It is an extremely rare form of annular pancreas where the pancreas encircles the portal vein.

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