Diabetes complications

What is heterogeneous structure of the pancreas: increased echogenicity

The pancreas is the largest organ that performs the function of both external and internal secretion. She is involved in the development of special enzymes that are involved in the breakdown of food and its speedy assimilation.

It also produces insulin, thereby allowing you to regulate and maintain the normal level of sugar in the body.

Human health depends on the normal functioning of the body. To determine the state of the pancreas can be on ultrasound. If the gland is not susceptible to any inflammation or disease, then its structure is homogeneous, the contours are clearly visible.

If the structure of pancreatic tissue is heterogeneous, this indicates the presence of some diseases. Most likely the development of pancreatitis. Even if a person does not have symptoms of the disease, doctors recommend a series of additional studies.

Causes of changes in the structure of the body

Experts distinguish several types of pancreatic structure:

  1. normal;
  2. atrophic;
  3. local;
  4. heterogeneous.

If the patient’s diagnosis reveals a heterogeneous and suspicious pancreas echostructure, this may indicate the initial stage of pancreatitis or a long-term disease that has become chronic.

In humans, heterogeneous, as well as a different echostructure of the pancreas may indicate the presence of the following diseases.

  1. Subacute pancreatitis. This disease precedes the development of more serious organ diseases, including acute pancreatitis. Such a disease can last indefinitely. When diagnosing it, drug treatment is prescribed. It helps to prevent the development of pancreatitis of the pancreas.
  2. Chronic pancreatitis. It is very often very difficult to determine this disease by ultrasound, the echo structure is not clear. The fact is that when the disease is in remission, the organ in diagnosis looks without any changes. Only with the exacerbation of the disease can you see the heterogeneity of the structure of the organ.
  3. Cysts on the pancreas. Diagnosis allows you to determine whether a patient has a neoplasm called cysts. They are formed on the pancreas. Usually they form several pieces and they can change their location on the organ.
  4. Tumors. Neoplasms of different nature affect the homogeneity of the structure of the tissues of the organ.

Heterogeneity of pancreatic tissue in children

The cause of the heterogeneity of the body, which manifests itself as an echostructure with changes in childhood can be an inflammatory process in the pancreas or problems with the gastrointestinal tract. The production of specific enzymes is impaired and, against this, acute pancreatitis develops in children.

Also, an excess of enzymes causes excessive production of gastric juice, which affects the state of the pancreas, it may show echo structure. In order to begin treating inflammation, it is necessary to normalize the production of gastric juice.

Treatment methods

The treatment is chosen for the patient individually, depending on the type of disease and the degree of organ change, it also shows the organ echostructure ... The therapy includes not only medication, but strict dieting, and tablets from pancreatitis also go together.

Treatment should begin as early as possible, while pancreatitis has not developed against the background of tissue heterogeneity. In order for the prescribed treatment to bring results, the patient must visit a gastroenterologist, who will give recommendations regarding therapy.

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