Chronic pancreatitis: aetiology, epidemiology and clinical presentation

Goh, Khean Lee (2005) Chronic pancreatitis: aetiology, epidemiology and clinical presentation. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 60 Sup (Spp. B). pp. 94-98. ISSN 0300-5283, DOI 16108185.

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Chronic pancreatitis is a difficult disease to treat. Worldwide, alcohol is the most common aetiology but based on recent studies it is clear that genetic susceptibility plays an important role in determining disease. Several important genetic mutations have been identified. The prevalence of chronic pancreatitis appears to be lower in Asia although very high rates have been reported in parts of India. Severe intractable pain is the predominant presenting complaint of patients. The natural history of the disease and the onset of exocrine and endocrine insufficiency depend on the classification of disease as early onset, late-onset or alcohol associated. Complications of chronic pancreatitis are important and include pseudocyst formation, bile duct and duodenal strictures.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Department of Medicine, University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alcoholism/complications; Chronic Disease; Disease Susceptibility
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2011 01:32
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2019 06:00

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