Diagnostic approach to acute pancreatitis: diagnosis, assessment of etiology and prognosis.

@article{Schoelmerich1993DiagnosticAT,
  title={Diagnostic approach to acute pancreatitis: diagnosis, assessment of etiology and prognosis.},
  author={Juergen Schoelmerich and A. Heinisch and H. G. Leser},
  journal={Hepato-gastroenterology},
  year={1993},
  volume={40 6},
  pages={531-7}
}
The aims of initial diagnostic procedures leading to early treatment in an appropriate setting in acute pancreatitis are: initial diagnosis and differential diagnosis, assessment of etiology and assessment of prognosis. Etiology can be assessed with certainty only by endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography. This method allows us to differentiate between pancreatic duct abnormalities as seen in so-called alcoholic pancreatitis as an exacerbation of chronic pancreatitis and biliary… CONTINUE READING