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Surgical Anatomy
September 2001

September 2001

Arch Surg. 2001;136(9):1000. doi:10.1001/archsurg.136.9.1000

Pancreas divisum is an anatomic variant that occurs when the dorsal and ventral duct structures of the pancreas do not fuse during embryologic development. The duct of Santorini persists in pancreas divisum. This variant occurs in approximately 10% of the population. The diagnostic study of choice is endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. The most common complication is recurrent bouts of pancreatitis.1