Immunocytes and activated stellate cells in pancreatic fibrogenesis.

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INTRODUCTION AND AIMS Chronic pancreatitis is a progressive chronic inflammatory disease characterized by irreversible destruction of exocrine pancreatic tissue and extensive fibrosis. Excessive alcohol consumption has been identified as the main etiologic factor of this disease in the Western world. Idiopathic pancreatitis accounts for approximately 30% of… (More)

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