Endoscopic ultrasonography findings in autoimmune pancreatitis

World J Gastroenterol. 2011 Apr 28;17(16):2080-5. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v17.i16.2080.


Endoscopic ultrasonography is an established diagnostic tool for pancreatic masses and chronic pancreatitis. In recent years there has been a growing interest in the worldwide medical community in autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP), a form of chronic pancreatitis caused by an autoimmune process. This paper reviews the current available literature about the endoscopic ultrasonographic findings of AIP and the role of this imaging technique in the management of this protean disease.

Keywords: Autoimmune; Endoscopic ultrasound; IgG4 cholangitis; Pancreatitis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Autoimmune Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Autoimmune Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Autoimmune Diseases / immunology
  • Bile Ducts / diagnostic imaging
  • Bile Ducts / pathology
  • Endosonography / methods*
  • Pancreas / diagnostic imaging
  • Pancreas / pathology
  • Pancreatitis / diagnosis*
  • Pancreatitis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pancreatitis / immunology