Acute pancreatitis in elderly patients. Pathogenesis and outcome.


Forty patients over 70 years of age with acute pancreatitis were studied. The most common cause of pancreatitis was biliary tract disease (14 patients, 35 percent). Twelve patients (30 percent) were discharged with a diagnosis of idiopathic pancreatitis, but tests such as endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography that might have established the cause… (More)


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