Inflammatory Disease of the Pancreas
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.
KeywordsAcute Pancreatitis Chronic Pancreatitis Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Ductal Epithelium Autoimmune Pancreatitis
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- Pitman MB. Pancreatitis. In: Centeno BA, Pitman MB, eds. Fine needle aspiration biopsy of the pancreas. Boston: BUtterworth Heinemann; 1999:31–51.Google Scholar