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Pancreatic agenesis

Other Names for this Disease
  • Congenital pancreatic agenesis
  • Pancreatic agenesis, congenital
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Pancreatic agenesis is a rare condition that occurs when the pancreas fails to develop before birth. The severity depends on how much functional pancreatic tissue is present. Children with this condition usually have permanent neonatal diabetes mellitus due to a lack of insulin. Pancreatic agenesis can also be associated with abnormalities in other parts of the body. Mutations in the GATA6PDX1, and PTF1A genes have been found to cause pancreatic agenesis.[1][2][3]
Last updated: 8/2/2012


  1. Bougnères P, Bargy F. Partial pancreas agenesis. Orphanet. May 2009; Accessed 10/19/2011.
  2. Baumeister FA, Engelsberger I, Schulze A. Pancreatic agenesis as cause for neonatal diabetes mellitus. Klinische Padiatrie. March-April 2005; 217(2):76-81. Accessed 10/19/2011.
  3. Allen HL, Flanagan SE, Shaw-Smith C, De Franco E, Akerman I, Caswell R, GATA6 haploinsufficiency causes pancreatic agenesis in humans. Nature Genetics. Dec 11, 2011; 44(1):20-22. Accessed 1/1/1900.
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