Groove pancreatitis: a clinical and imaging overview

Bhavik N. Patel, R. Brooke Jeffrey, Eric W. Olcott, Atif Zaheer

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Groove or paraduodenal pancreatitis is an uncommon fibroinflammatory form of pancreatitis involving the anatomic space of the pancreatic groove located between the C-loop of the duodenum and the head of the pancreas. Although in some patients there are distinctive clinical and imaging features of groove pancreatitis (GP), there is often significant overlap with other infiltrative processes involving the pancreatic groove such as pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma or duodenal carcinoma. In this review, we summarize the most distinctive clinical and imaging aspects of GP and highlight some important distinguishing features that may aid in differentiating malignant lesions involving the pancreatic groove.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1439-1446
Number of pages8
JournalAbdominal Radiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2020


  • Carcinoma
  • Groove
  • Pancreas
  • Pancreatitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology


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