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Chronic Pancreatitis: Pathology

  • P. G. Lankisch
  • Peter A. Banks


The term chronic pancreatitis implies that clinical manifestation of the disease and anatomical changes of the gland persist or increase, even when the initial cause or factors leading to pancreatitis have been eliminated. Chronic pancreatitis without clinical manifestation may be more frequent than believed. In one postmortem study, mild or moderate chronic inflammation of the gland was found in 13% of the cases [11]. Interstitial fibrosis with a few or no inflammatory cells is common in the elderly, and such findings should not be interpreted as chronic pancreatitis [9].


Chronic Pancreatitis Focal Necrosis Diffuse Fibrosis Idiopathic Chronic Pancreatitis Chronic Pancre 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. G. Lankisch
    • 1
  • Peter A. Banks
    • 2
  1. 1.Medizinische KlinikStädtisches KrankenhausLüneburgGermany
  2. 2.Gastroenterology DivisionBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA

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