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What causes fatty atrophy of the pancreas?

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Dr. Grzegorz Stanko

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Posted on Thu, 16 Jul 2015 in Abdominal Pain
Question: What is the meaning on a ct scan of "fatty atrophy of the pancreas?
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 9 minutes later
Brief Answer:
The pancreas is being replaced by fatty tissue.

Detailed Answer:

Thank you for the query.

In simple words this means that your regular pancreatic tissue is being replaced by a fat. Fat which does not work as tissue, does not secrete hormones. We can say that your pancreas disappears and fat fills this space.

This condition is usually caused by obesity. Same thing can be in the liver.

Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions.
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