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Advances in the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis
  1. S Rickes,
  2. C Uhle
  1. Department of Internal Medicine, AMEOS Hospital St Salvator, Halberstadt, Germany
  1. Dr S Rickes, AMEOS Hospital St Salvator, Department of Internal Medicine, Gleimstr 5, 38820 Halberstadt, Germany; rickes{at}


Early and accurate assessment of both the aetiology and the severity of acute pancreatitis enables clinicians to follow therapeutic algorithms and can result in better outcomes. Technological advances over the past decade, in particular the development of imaging modalities, have revolutionised the management of patients with acute pancreatitis. This article reviews approaches to determining the diagnosis, aetiology and severity of acute pancreatitis, with particular emphasis on new imaging techniques.

  • acute pancreatitis
  • diagnosis
  • aetiology
  • severity
  • imaging techniques

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  • Competing interests: None.