BY THE TERM "pancreatic calcification" we refer to calcareous deposits in the pancreas, either within the ducts or in the parenchymatous tissue outside the ducts or in both. From a practical clinical standpoint the inclusive term "pancreatic calcification" seems preferable to the term "calculi." Accordingly, we have refrained from using the word "calculi" in order to avoid the possible implication that calcific deposits are necessarily located within the ducts.
Pancreatic calcification was apparently first reported by Graaf1 in 1667. Haggard and Kirtley2 in 1939 reviewed the incidence for a period of two hundred and seventy-one years and could find authentic records of only 204 cases. Mayo2a reported on 25 proved cases of pancreatic calculi at the Mayo Clinic prior to 1936. That this complication of pancreatic disease is being recognized with increasing frequency is evidenced by the fact that prior to 1925 only 102 cases were
GAMBILL EE, PUGH DG. PANCREATIC CALCIFICATION: Study of Clinical and Roentgenologic Data on Thirty-Nine Cases. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1948;81(3):301–315. doi:10.1001/archinte.1948.00220210055005
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