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Postgrad Med J 81:491-497 doi:10.1136/pgmj.2003.009761
  • Review

Diagnosis and management of chronic pancreatitis

  1. V Gupta,
  2. P P Toskes
  1. University of Florida, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Gainesville, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor P P Toskes
 University of Florida, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, 1600 SW Archer Road, Room HD 602, PO Box 100214, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA; toskeppmedicine.ufl.edu
  • Received 20 September 2004
  • Accepted 14 February 2005

Abstract

Chronic pancreatitis represents a condition that is challenging for clinicians secondary to the difficulty in making an accurate diagnosis and the less than satisfactory means of managing chronic pain. This review emphasises the various manifestations that patients with chronic pancreatitis may have and describes recent advances in medical and surgical therapy. It is probable that many patients with chronic abdominal pain are suffering from chronic pancreatitis that is not appreciated. As the pathophysiology of this disorder is better understood it is probable that the treatment will be more successful.

Footnotes

  • Funding: none.

  • Competing interests: none.