Global survey of controversies in classifying the severity of acute pancreatitis

Maxim S. Petrov, Santhi Swaroop Vege, John A. Windsor

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Abstract

Background: The need to accurately classify the severity of patients with acute pancreatitis is widely acknowledged but some questions pertinent to this remain debatable. The aim of this study was to benchmark opinions of pancreatologists worldwide with regard to the issues related to classifying the severity of acute pancreatitis. Methods: An online survey was conducted using an independent commercial service. The corresponding authors of all articles pertinent to clinical aspects of acute pancreatitis published over the last 5 years were invited to participate. Results: A total of 528 invitations were sent and 240 (45%) responses from 49 countries, representing all the inhabited continents, were received. The Atlanta approach to classifying the severity of acute pancreatitis was considered adequate for modern clinical practice and clinical research by 40 (17%) of the respondents. The determinants-based approach to classifying the severity of acute pancreatitis was considered adequate for modern clinical practice and clinical research by 188 (78%) and 191 (80%) of the respondents, respectively. The definitions of local and systemic determinants of severity were also clarified. Conclusion: Classifying the severity of acute pancreatitis on the basis of Atlanta approach was considered inadequate by the overwhelming majority of respondents. An international consensus on the new classification of severity of acute pancreatitis has to take into account the results of this survey.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)715-721
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

Keywords

  • acute pancreatitis
  • mortality
  • organ failure
  • pancreatic necrosis
  • severity
  • survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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