Donald M. Switz, M.D.
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Previous evaluations of acute pancreatitis have not compared the effects of clinical presentation or therapeutic efforts on outcome. Patients sequentially admitted to all services at the McGuire VA Hospital during 1971 with a diagnosis of acute pancreatitis were reviewed to evaluate the effect of presentation or therapy on outcome.
Seventy-seven men were admitted 102 times; 4 died, 2 of pancreatitis. Three used no alcohol; 48 had a past history of pancreatitis; and none had previously known gallstones. Surgery was required nine times, for three gallstones, two cysts, one abscess, and three other causes. Various exclusive clinical sub-groups were examined to
Switz DM. Acute Alcoholic Pancreatitis: Effect of Clinical Presentation and Therapies on Outcome at a V.A. Hospital.. Ann Intern Med. ;78:816–817. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-5-816_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(5):816-817.
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