KENNETH M. LYNCH, F.A.C.P.
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The picture brought to mind by the term acute pancreatitis is that of a necrotic, hemorrhagic gland, in the extreme state gangrenous, which has produced an upper abdominal catastrophe with severe pain and tenderness, collapse and death.
In fact the very names used to designate acute disease of the pancreas carry the significance of extreme disease, thus acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis or, more recently in usage, acute hemorrhagic necrosis, whereas in actual anatomical study neither hemorrhage nor necrosis of conspicuous degree need be found. Consequently, the older name, acute pancreatitis may still be considered a better one to designate the class,
LYNCH KM. PANCREATITIS: AN ANALYSIS OF TYPES AND CAUSES1. Ann Intern Med. ;14:628–640. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-14-4-628
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1940;14(4):628-640.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Pancreatic Disease.
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