CASIMIR A. DOMZALSKI JR., M.D.
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Pancreatic calcification of all types is relatively rare. In a recent review of 10 large series of autopsy reports, Pascucci found pancreatic calcification reported in only 52 cases (0.044 per cent) of an aggregate total of 117,031 autopsies.1 When looked for carefully, however, the incidence of pancreatic calcification rises more than a hundredfold, as was shown by Ludin, who carefully dissected each pancreas which showed heavy shadows in a postmortem roentgenogram. He found calcifications in 28 of 542 organs, an incidence of 5.3 per cent.2
The clinical incidence of pancreatic calcification, especially in recent years, is higher than one would
DOMZALSKI CA. CALCAREOUS PANCREATITIS*. Ann Intern Med. 1949;31:650–660. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-31-4-650
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1949;31(4):650-660.
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