Myotonic muscular dystrophy (DM) is a multi-system disorder affecting skeletal muscles as well as smooth and cardiac muscles. Patients with DM experience disturbances in gastrointestinal motility; however, pancreatobiliary manifestations have rarely been described. We report the case of a 58-year-old male with MD who presented with a sudden onset of vomiting and abdominal pain. Laboratory and radiological findings were consistent with acute pancreatitis. No identifiable cause of pancreatitis could be identified despite an extensive workup. Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction (SOD) was felt to be the most likely cause of our patient's acute pancreatitis. SOD leading to acute pancreatitis results from spasm of both the distal common biliary duct and the duct of Wirsung. It is a very rarely reported gastrointestinal manifestation of MD, but one that should not be overlooked.
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