Acute pancreatitis

Published on April 10, 2011 Updated on August 31, 2017   51 min

Other Talks in the Series: Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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The following presentation is a short survey of the basic facts of Acute Pancreatitis as well as to be introduced to curing Acute Pancreatitis.
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Acute Pancreatitis is a rather common gastroenterological disease with incidence rating from 5 to 80 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per year.
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As shown in this slide and proven by many national studies, the incidence of Acute Pancreatitis differs across Europe, being the highest in the Scandinavian countries namely Finland. The exact cause is not known but it's probably related to the differences in the patients genetic traits, social backgrounds and psychological behavior.
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The etiology of acute pancreatitis is well defined. Still in around 10 percent of patients, the cause cannot be determined and these cases are categorized as idiopathic. In more than 70 percent of the patients, Acute Pancreatitis is caused either by biliary stones or alcohol consumption.
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In most patients, Acute Pancreatitis is self-limited, mild to moderate disease. Complications are rare and death occurs in less than 1% of patients. Unfortunately, in around 20% of patients, Acute Pancreatitis follows a more severe course with the development of Pancreatic Necrosis. In these patients, infected Necrosis occurs in 30 to 40 percent of cases thus rising the mortality rate up to 30 percent.