Acute pancreatitis

Med Clin North Am. 1993 Sep;77(5):1037-56. doi: 10.1016/s0025-7125(16)30209-7.


Acute pancreatitis is an inflammatory disease of variable clinical severity. The pathologic conditions that correlate with clinical severity and with local systemic complications range from mild edema to pancreatic an peripancreatic necrosis. This article discusses diagnosis, etiology, laboratory evaluation, and imaging studies with respect to acute pancreatitis. Assessing the prognosis, detecting complications, and therapy are discussed also.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Amylases / blood
  • Clinical Enzyme Tests
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Pancreas / diagnostic imaging
  • Pancreatitis / complications
  • Pancreatitis / diagnosis*
  • Pancreatitis / etiology
  • Pancreatitis / therapy
  • Prognosis
  • Radiography
  • Ultrasonography


  • Amylases