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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2010, Article ID 329587, 4 pages
Case Report

Pancreatitis of the Gastroduodenal Groove: A Case Report

12nd Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases Department, 401 Army General Hospital of Athens, 11525 Athens, Greece
2Medical Imaging Department, 401 Army General Hospital of Athens, 11525 Athens, Greece

Received 17 July 2010; Accepted 29 September 2010

Academic Editor: Y. Yamaoka

Copyright © 2010 Vasileios German et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Groove pancreatitis, a form of chronic pancreatitis affecting the head of the pancreas, is localized within the groove between the pancreas head, duodenum, and common bile duct. We report a case of a male patient with groove pancreatitis who initially underwent a duodenal preserving gastrenteranastomosis. Unfortunately, the patient's symptoms were only partially controlled, necessitating a pancreaticoduodenectomy in due course as the definite surgical restoration procedure. The surgical approach selected proved inadequate since the patient's symptoms did not resolve over time. This reflects that by-pass operations like these are not indicated for the management of patients with groove pancreatitis.