Abdominal Radiology

, Volume 43, Issue 6, pp 1506–1507 | Cite as

The crossing duct sign

  • Yan-Lin Li
  • Man-Leung Yu
  • Kam-Ho Lee
Classics in Abdominal Imaging


Pancreas divisum is a common variation in pancreatic ductal anatomy present in up to 10% of the population with variable clinical importance. The crossing duct sign refers to the appearance of dominant dorsal duct crossing the intrapancreatic common bile duct to empty into the minor papilla, best illustrated on maximum intensity projection images from MRCP.


Pancreas divisum Crossing duct sign Pancreatic duct anomaly MRCP 


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No funding was received for this study.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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Statement of informed consent was not applicable since the manuscript does not contain any patient data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyQueen Mary HospitalHong KongHong Kong SAR

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