Case Report Open Access
Anomalous Pancreaticobiliary Junction Komi Type IIIC3, Rare Cause of Recurrent Acute Pancreatitis; Case Report
B.O. Al-Jiffry1,2*, A. Khurshid2, S.H. Khayat2 and T. Chundrigar2
1Surgery, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia
2Surgery, Al-Hada Military Hospital, Taif, Saudi Arabia
2Surgery, Al-Hada Military Hospital, Taif, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding author: Bilal Omar Al-Jiffry ,Department of Surgery, College of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia, PO Box 888, Taif 21947, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ; Tel: +966-505924635; E-mail:
Received: December 05, 2013; Accepted: April 05, 2014; Published: April 07, 2014
Citation: Al-Jiffry BO, Khurshid A, Khayat SH, Chundrigar T (2014) Anomalous Pancreaticobiliary Junction Komi Type IIIC3, Rare Cause of Recurrent Acute Pancreatitis; Case Report. Gastroenterol Pancreatol Liver Disord 1(1): 1-3. http://dx.doi.org/10.15226/2374-815X/1/1/00104
Some types of Anomalous Union of the Pancreaticobiliary Duct (AUPBD) can cause recurrent acute pancreatitis and can pose a diagnostic challenge. We describe the case of a 19 year old girl with type IIIC3 malformation and recurrent acute pancreatitis. The discussion provides a review of recent literature, which supports the use of several modes of investigation and surgery as a choice of treatment.
Keywords: Anomalous Union of the Pancreaticobiliary Duct (AUPBD); Recurrent Acute pancreatitis; Komi classification; Choledochal cyst
Anomalous Union of the Pancreaticobiliary Duct (AUPBD) is a rare condition that can pose a diagnostic challenge and some types can cause recurrent acute pancreatitis. Normally, the main pancreatic duct and the common bile duct open into the second part of the duodenum alone or after joining as a common channel. The length of the common channel ranges from 1-12mm normally, with a mean of about 4-5 mm. The anomalies are complex and are described below in the discussion.
The frequency of AUPBD in ERCP in some series varies from 1.5-3.2% . Its diagnosis needs a high index of suspicion and carefully performed investigations.
We describe one such case of a type IIIC3 malformation that presented to our hospital recently.
A 19 years old Saudi girl presented and admitted with three recent episodes of mild acute biliary pancreatitis. She had history of repeated episodes of abdominal pain since childhood. At the age of three, she was diagnosed to have acute pancreatitis and a pancreatic congenital anomaly was suggested, even with several visits to hospitals over several years. Ultrasound showed dilated intra- and extra-hepatic ducts with the common bile duct (CBD) measuring about 2.5cm. MRCP revealed dilated extra-hepatic duct down to the lower end of CBD. At ERCP both the major and minor papilla were separately cannulated. Injection of either papilla demonstrated the same complex network of dilated ducts, with these ducts eventually communicating with each other and to the common bile duct (CBD) and pancreatic duct. The lower end of the CBD, at its junction with a c shaped loop, was markedly narrowed, with marked dilatation proximally, a choledochal cyst shown more proximally (see Figure 1). After reviewing the literature and comparing the pictures we found that the pattern consistent with the type IIIC3 anomaly. This, according to Komi et al. Classification, has two papilla both communicating with a complex network of dilated ducts. Absence of dilatation would make it Type IIIC2. The treatment of choice for this subtype is treated by pancreatectodudenectomy. She underwent pancreatectodudenectomy after much discussion with the family. The immediate post operative course was complicated by wound infection, which responded to appropriate treatment in the form of drainage and antibiotics. She is currently symptom free. Her last visit was in November, 2011 (30 month post surgery).
Figure 1: A) The complex dilated net-work involving the pancreatic ducts with the catheter in the major duct as seen by the arrow going into the pancreas. B) The catheter in the minor duct indicated by the arrow.
Anomalous Union of the Pancreaticobile Duct (AUPBD) is a rare condition. Normally, the main pancreatic duct and the common bile duct open into the second part of the duodenum alone or after joining as a common channel. The length of the common channel ranges from 1-12mm normally, with a mean of about 4-5 mm. In infants, a common channel longer than 4mm is considered abnormal, in adults it is considered abnormal if longer than 6mm .
If it appears that the pancreatic duct is joining the common bile duct it is denoted as P-B type and if the common bile duct appears to join the main pancreatic duct it is denoted as B-P type .
In AUPBD the connection between the common bile duct and the main pancreatic duct is located outside the duodenal wall .
Choledochal cyst is a rare congenital dilatation of the CBD that is known to be associated with Anomalous Union of the Pancreaticobile Duct (AUPBD) .
AUPBD is a well described though uncommon, and often unrecognized, cause of acute pancreatitis, especially in young patients. It has also been associated with gallbladder carcinoma. In one study, anomalous ductal union occurred in 16.7% of the patients with gallbladder carcinoma in comparison with an incidence of 2.8% among 641 consecutive patients with various hepatobiliary and pancreatic diseases studied by endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography who did not have gallbladder carcinoma. Gallbladder carcinoma occurred in 24.6% of the 65 cases of anomalous ductal union in comparison with a 1.9% incidence of this cancer among 635 consecutive patients similarly studied and found to have normal ductal union .
The frequency of AUPBD varies from 1.5-3.2% . Its diagnosis needs high index of suspicion and carefully performed investigations. Table 1 Komi et al. in their new classification described 51 cases of AUPBD. Of these, 35.5% were Type I, 21.6% were Type II and 43.1% were type III. Type III was sub-divided into three types (A,B and C). Type C is further divided into three sub-types (1,2, and 3) . Because of its rareness there are only few reported cases in the literature, mostly from asia .
Figure 1: Demonstrating a detailed description of each type.
ERCP is the diagnostic procedure of choice [2,3]. Our patient had two papilla, communicating with each other and with dilatation of the ducts which makes it type IIIC3. Only type IB, IIB and IIIC3 are associated with recurrent pancreatitis and are treated surgically. The treatment of choice for type IIIC3 is pancreatectodudenectomy . Out of Japan the two reported cases of type III are type IIIa of all AUPBD types . We could only find one case of type IIIC3 in the English literature.
Komi et al.  didn't mention the numbers of the each subtype of type III C. Our case therefore is the second reported case of type IIIC3 in the literature.
In young patients, AUPBD should be considered as a cause of recurrent acute pancreatitis . The complications and long term sequelae of acute pancreatitis and risk of cancer in young patients mandates appropriate management [1,4].
- Misra SP, Gulati P, Thorat VK, Vij JC, Anand BS (1989) Pancreaticobiliary ductal union in biliary diseases. An endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatographic study. Gastroenterology 96(3): 907-912.
- Misra SP, Dwivedi M (1990) Pancreaticobiliary ductal union. Gut 31(10):1144-1149.
- Kimura K, Ohto M, Saisho H, Unozawa T, Tsuchiya Y (1985) Association of Gallbladder Carcinoma and Anomalous Pancreaticobiliary Ductal Union. Gastroenterology 89(6):1258-1265.
- Kochhar R, Singhal M, Nagi K, Lal A, Dutta U,et al. (2009) Prevalence of Type III anomalous pancreaticobiliary junction in a Tertiary Care Hospital of North India. JOP 10(4): 383-386.
- Komi N. New classification of anomalous arrangement of the pancreaticobiliary duct (APBD) in the choledochal cyst; a proposal of new Komi's classification of APBD. J Jpn Pancr Soc 1991; 6: 234-43.
- Lu S (1996) Biliary cysts and structures, In N Kaplowitz (Eds): Liver and Biliary Diseases, Baltimore, MD, Williams and Wilkins, pp. 739-753.
- Yokohata K, Kimura H, Naritomi G, Konomi H, Takeda T, et al.(1994) Type classification of anomalous pancreaticobiliary junction by ERCP. J Hep Bil Pancr Surg 1:236-239.
- Kim HW, Park WI, Cheong JY, Park JH, Lee DH, et al. (2004) A Pancreaticobiliary Maljunction (New Komi Classification, Type IIIC3) with a Choledochal Cyst, Common Bile Duct Stones and Pancreatic Duct Stones. Korean J Gastrointest Endosc 28(2):107-111.