FAZLUR RAHMAN, M.D.
To the editor: Dr. Geokas and his colleagues have given us an excellent discussion on acute pancreatitis in their recent UCLA Conference (1). Two points need clarification.
Dr. Geokas and Dr. Machleder have given two different figures on the mortality of hemorrhagic pancreatitis: 25% to 40% in the discussion of pathophysiology and 50% to 90% in the discussion of surgical management. Shader and Paxton (2) reviewed the records of 100 patients in whom the cause of death assigned at autopsy was acute pancreatitis. Necrotising pancreatitis was present in 58 patients and edematous pancreatitis in 42 patients. Richman (3) reviewed 58
RAHMAN F. Pancreatitis: Mortality, Antibiotics. Ann Intern Med. ;76:1044–1045. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-6-1044_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(6):1044-1045.
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