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Establishing correlations between normal pancreatic and submandibular gland ducts

Published inBMC gastroenterology, vol. 22, no. 1, 362
Publication date2022-07-29
First online date2022-07-29

Background: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the relationship between ductal morphometry and ramification patterns in the submandibular gland and pancreas in order to validate their common fractal dimension.

Methods: X-ray ductography with software-aided morphometry were obtained by injecting barium sulphate in the ducts of post-mortem submandibular gland and pancreas specimens harvested from 42 adult individuals.

Results: Three cases were excluded from the study because of underlying pathology. There was a significant correlation between the length of the main pancreatic duct (MPD) and the intraglandular portion of the right submandibular duct (SMD) (r = 0.3616; p = 0.028), and left SMD (r = 0.595; p < 0.01), respectively, but their maximal diameters did not correlate (r = 0.139-0.311; p > 0.05). Both dimensions of the SMD showed a significant right-left correlation (p < 0.05). The number of MPD side branches (mean = 37) correlated with the number of side branches of left SMD, but not with the right one (mean = 9). Tortuosity was observed in 54% of the MPD, 32% of the right SMD, and 24% of the left SMD, with mutual association only between the two salivary glands.

Conclusions: Although the length of intraglandular SMD and MPD correlate, other morphometric ductal features do not, thus suggesting a more complex relationship between the two digestive glands.

  • Duct
  • Morphometry
  • Pancreas
  • Side branch
  • Submandibular gland
  • Adult
  • Head
  • Humans
  • Pancreas / diagnostic imaging
  • Pancreatic Ducts / diagnostic imaging
  • Salivary Ducts / diagnostic imaging
  • Submandibular Gland / diagnostic imaging
Citation (ISO format)
STIMEC, Bojan, IGNJATOVIC, Dejan, LOBRINUS, Johannes Alexander. Establishing correlations between normal pancreatic and submandibular gland ducts. In: BMC gastroenterology, 2022, vol. 22, n° 1, p. 362. doi: 10.1186/s12876-022-02443-2
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