Endocrine Parameters in the Diagnosis of Chronic Pancreatitis
Abnormalities in pancreatic endocrine function are common in patients with chronic pancreatitis. In those patients with diffuse calcification of the pancreas glucose intolerance may be demonstrated in up to 90% and overt diabetes in up to 70% of patients . It has been hoped that some test of pancreatic endocrine function might accurately reflect the severity of pancreatic exocrine function. In addition, it would be of decided advantage to have a test that could separate genetic diabetes mellitus from the diabetes secondary to chronic pancreatitis.
KeywordsChronic Pancreatitis Pancreatic Polypeptide Pancreatic Exocrine Function Glucagon Response Arginine Infusion
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