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Principles of Intensive Care of Patients with Acute Pancreatitis

  • U. R. Fölsch

Abstract

There is general agreement that a patient with acute pancreatitis should be transferred to an intensive care unit for several reasons. There is no single clinical sign or symptom or laboratory test which by itself indicates the presence of acute pancreatitis or its severity, and thus the main reason is to achieve correct initial evaluation of the patient. This is the more important since to date no specific drug is available to treat this disease. The second reason is therefore to prevent the many complications of pancreatitis by monitoring the patient closely; to limit the extent of complications by interrupting their pathogenesis or to support the patient and treat specific complications.

Keywords

Acute Pancreatitis Peritoneal Dialysis Acute Respiratory Failure Severe Acute Pancreatitis Peritoneal Lavage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. R. Fölsch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Gastroenterology and MetabolismUniversity Medical HospitalGöttingenGermany

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