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International Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 171–175 | Cite as

End-stage chronic pancreatitis

A practical disease-descriptor
  • H. P. Priyantha Siriwardana
  • Ajith K. Siriwardena
Case Report

Abstract

Background: Contemporary classification systems for chronic pancreatitis do not incorporate current knowledge of the disease biology of this condition.

Method and Results: This paper presents three case summaries of patients with longstanding chronic pancreatitis with extra-pancreatic complications. The cases highlight the inadequacies of current terminology. The term “end-stage chronic pancreatitis” is applied to advanced disease and disease descriptors are defined.

Conclusion: The term “end-stage chronic pancreatitis” is a practical and readily applicable disease descriptor.

Key Words

Pancreatitis pancreatic diseases 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. P. Priyantha Siriwardana
    • 1
  • Ajith K. Siriwardena
    • 1
  1. 1.Hepatobiliary Unit, Department of SurgeryManchester Royal InfirmaryManchesterUK

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