ABERRANT pancreas is no longer the rare and unusual condition it was once considered. It is of particular interest to the surgeon who operates on the gastrointestinal tract. From the many bizarre as well as common symptoms produced, its presence must always be considered by the abdominal surgeon.
Aberrant pancreas is defined as pancreatic tissue occurring outside its normal anatomical location and without any connection with the normal pancreas. Hunt and Bonesteel have accredited the first description of this condition to Jean Schultz in 1727, who described it as being present in a diverticulum of the ileum. There was no microscopic confirmation of the pancreatic nature of the tissue. In Bristowe's book covering necropsies for the year 1851 is recorded a pancreatic nodule 1.9 cm. in diameter found in the wall of the ileum.
Klob, cited by Branch and Gross, is generally given credit for recording the first authentic cases
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