[Tropical chronic pancreatitis in a young patient]

Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2001 Nov;24(9):440-3. doi: 10.1016/s0210-5705(01)78998-4.
[Article in Spanish]


Tropical chronic pancreatitis is a form of idiopathic chronic pancreatitis that has not previously been described in Spain. Typically it is related to dietary factors and malnutrition, although genetic factors may also play a significant role in the development of the disease. We report a case of chronic tropical pancreatitis in a 27-year-old woman from the Dominican Republic domiciled in Spain since 1992. The patient was admitted to our hospital for acute pancreatitis that fulfilled the diagnostic criteria (clinical and radiological) for chronic tropical pancreatitis. This case has led us to review this uncommon entity. Because of the increasing number of immigrants from tropical countries, chronic tropical pancreatitis will probably need to be taken into account in the differential diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis in our patients.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Pain / etiology
  • Adult
  • Calcinosis / complications
  • Calcinosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Nutrition Disorders / complications
  • Pancreatitis / complications
  • Pancreatitis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Physical Examination
  • Radiography