The insidious nature of disease taken into account, the majority of patients with chronic or malignant pancreatic disease present late in their course and even with early diagnosis, mortality rates of pancreatic cancer are high. In anticipation of a better understanding of the molecular biology and the epigenesis in the origin and progression of disease, benign and malignant as well, the most challenging items in the diagnosis and management reside at present in endoscopic and radiological pancreatic imaging. In these the diagnosis of early chronic pancreatitis, of early pancreatic cancer, the differentiation of a pancreatic mass in the setting of chronic pancreatitis and the accurate staging of potentially resectable pancreatic cancer with respect to the dorsal extension are of utmost importance. Focus in this book is on the diagnostic and imaging challenges of chronic pancreatitis and the differentiation with pancreatic cancer in an early stage.
Kenneth Coenegrachts, Hans Rigauts(Department of Radiology, Bruges, Belgium), Vincent De Wilde (Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Bruges, Belgium), Vincent Denolin (Philips Medical Systems, the Netherlands), et al.
Table of Contents:
1. Early Chronic Pancreatitis
2. Pancreatic Cancer
3. Differentiation of an Early Neoplastic and Inflammatory Mass in Chronic Pancreatitis
4. Dorsal Extension of Resectable Pancreatic Cancer
5. Future Developments in the Diagnosis of Pancreatic Disease