Abdominal Imaging

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 144–153 | Cite as

Metastatic disease to the pancreas: pathologic spectrum and CT patterns

  • Sameer Ahmed
  • Pamela T. JohnsonEmail author
  • Ralph Hruban
  • Elliot K. Fishman


Metastases to the pancreas are rare; nevertheless, early detection allows for appropriate treatment and improved outcomes for metastatic disease. Computed tomography plays a pivotal role in characterizing these tumors, as demonstrated in this pictorial review. Given significant differences in prognosis and treatment, it is crucial to differentiate primary and secondary pancreatic lesions; however, this may not be possible based on imaging features alone.


Pancreas CT Renal cell carcinoma Metastatic disease 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sameer Ahmed
    • 1
  • Pamela T. Johnson
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ralph Hruban
    • 3
  • Elliot K. Fishman
    • 2
  1. 1.School of MedicineJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyJohns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Department of PathologyJohns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA

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