Albert Lin, MD; Edward R. Feller, MD
We studied ten patients with documented pancreatic carcinoma who initially presented with acute onset of abdominal pain and hyperamylasemia typical of acute pancreatitis. We report this unusual association of these common diseases to alert clinicians to consider underlying carcinoma in unexplained acute pancreatitis.
Records from March 1978 to December 1987 of patients with pancreatic carcinoma were reviewed retrospectively in two hospitals affiliated with Brown University. Ten patients (3.0% of 302 patients with pancreatic carcinoma; 95% confidence interval [CI], 2.01% to 3.99%) were identified in whom acute pancreatitis was the initial clinical feature of a subsequently proven pancreatic
Lin A, Feller ER. Pancreatic Carcinoma as a Cause of Unexplained Pancreatitis: Report of Ten Cases. Ann Intern Med. ;113:166–167. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-2-166
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(2):166-167.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Hematology/Oncology, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Disease.
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