Inflammatory Disease of the Pancreas

  • David C. Chhieng
  • Edward B. Stelow
Part of the Essentials in Cytopathology book series (EICP, volume 3)


Acute and chronic pancreatitis are the most common inflammatory conditions of the pancreas. Acute pancreatitis is generally associated with characteristic clinical signs and symptoms as well as laboratory findings, therefore obviating the need of tissue diagnosis. Chronic pancreatitis, on the other hand, has significant clinical and radiographic overlap with pancreatic malignancy and often coexists with pancreatic malignancy. The risk factors for chronic pancreatitis are well known and include excess alcohol ingestion, gallstones, hyperlipidemia, hyperparathyroidism, and malnutrition. Some cases, however, are autoimmune in nature or idiopathic. These latter often present the clinicians with diagnostic difficulty.


Acute Pancreatitis Chronic Pancreatitis Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Ductal Epithelium Autoimmune Pancreatitis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David C. Chhieng
    • 1
  • Edward B. Stelow
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PathologyUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  2. 2.Department of PathologyUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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