Gastrointestinal Motility in Chronic Pancreatitis

  • P. Malfertheiner
  • O. Pieramico
  • M. Büchler
  • D. K. Nelson
  • H. Ditschuneit
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Chronic pancreatitis is characterized by an inflammatory process that begins with focal lesions and later spreads throughout the pancreas, leading to progressive damage of the exocrine and endocrine compartments of the gland. The dominant symptom of chronic pancreatitis is pain, either due to outflow obstruction of pancreatic secretions or to inflammation of neural structures [1, 2]. Motility disorders of the gastrointestinal tract could also contribute to the abdominal discomfort, since in other clinical conditions disorders such as antral hypomotility were found to be related to dyspeptic symptoms [3].


Chronic Pancreatitis Gastric Emptying Gastrointestinal Motility Pancreatic Polypeptide Migrate Motor Complex 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Malfertheiner
    • 1
  • O. Pieramico
    • 1
  • M. Büchler
    • 2
  • D. K. Nelson
    • 3
  • H. Ditschuneit
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine IIUniversity of UlmUlmGermany
  2. 2.Department of General SurgeryUniversity of UlmUlmGermany
  3. 3.Gastroenterology Research UnitMayo ClinicRochesterUSA

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