Pancreatitis pp 229-230 | Cite as

Prognosis of Chronic Pancreatitis

  • Peter A. Banks
Part of the Topics in Gastroenterology book series (PEPE, volume 2)


Prognosis in chronic pancreatitis must be viewed as guarded. In one series of 50 patients who were followed closely for periods up to 19 years, mortality was 56%.1 More than half of the deaths were caused directly by alcohol. These included cirrhosis of the liver and a variety of pancreatic complications (including abscess, pseudocyst, and hemorrhagic necrosis). Other causes of death in chronic pancreatitis include general debilitation, varieties of infections including pneumonia and tuberculosis, narcotic addiction, and prolonged hypoglycemia caused by inappropriately large amounts of insulin.


Coronary Artery Disease Chronic Pancreatitis Prognostic Significance Gynecol Obstet Intractable Pain 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter A. Banks
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Tufts University School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.St. Elizabeth’s Hospital of BostonUSA
  3. 3.Harvard Medical SchoolUSA
  4. 4.Beth Israel HospitalBostonUSA

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