Diagnostic approach to patients with acute idiopathic and recurrent pancreatitis, what should be done?

Mohammad Al-Haddad, Michael B. Wallace

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Abstract

Acute recurrent pancreatitis (ARP) is a common clinical condition that may be difficult to diagnose. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is proposed to be a safe first line test of choice in the majority of patients. When interventions are needed to remove biliary stones, evaluate sphincter of Oddi or pancreas divisum, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is recommended. Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) can be a suitable alternative from a diagnostic standpoint although may not be widely available. Finally, genetic testing is increasingly used to detect certain mutations that are associated with this diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1007-1010
Number of pages4
JournalWorld journal of gastroenterology
Volume14
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 21 2008

Keywords

  • Acute recurrent pancreatitis
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Idiopathic pancreatitis
  • Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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