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trauma to the pancreas can be difficult to impossible to diagnosis sometimes. subtle signs on a CT scan may very well have been missed by your radiologist if you had a CT scan of your abdomen after your accident?
still, even with all of the information reviewed, no doctor can say for 100% that the auto trauma was the absolute cause of your pancreatitis.
some patients can still get spontaneous pancreatitis without any trauma or cause.
some patients can get autoimmune pancreatitis where their body makes antibodies which can attack the pancreas and cause inflammation.
the pancreatitis was about 2 weeks after the auto accident which makes it uncertain if the auto accident was the true cause of the pancreatitis or not
did your doctors check you for autoimmune pancreatitis? was there evidence of this when you had pancreatic surgery
that is a long time from the trauma to the pancreatitis.
you should talk to your doctors about if it could have been autoimmune pancreatitis.
or else it could have just been spontaneous pancreatitis
and often times, the cause is not known for spontaneous pancreatitis.