Autoimmune-related pancreatitis is associated with autoantibodies and a Th1/Th2-type cellular immune response.


BACKGROUND & AIMS Although autoimmunity may be involved in some cases of pancreatitis, the mechanism is still unknown. To clarify this, we studied serum autoantibodies, subsets of lymphocytes, and the Th1/Th2 balance of cellular immune responses in patients with autoimmune-related pancreatitis (AIP). METHODS Seventeen patients with AIP (8 men and 9 women… (More)