Strategy to differentiate autoimmune pancreatitis from pancreas cancer.

  title={Strategy to differentiate autoimmune pancreatitis from pancreas cancer.},
  author={Kensuke Takuma and Terumi Kamisawa and Rajesh Gopalakrishna and Seiichi Hara and Taku Tabata and Yoshihiko Inaba and Naoto Egawa and Yoshinori Igarashi},
  journal={World journal of gastroenterology},
  volume={18 10},
Autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) is a newly described entity of pancreatitis in which the pathogenesis appears to involve autoimmune mechanisms. Based on histological and immunohistochemical examinations of various organs of AIP patients, AIP appears to be a pancreatic lesion reflecting a systemic "IgG4-related sclerosing disease". Clinically, AIP patients and patients with pancreatic cancer share many features, such as preponderance of elderly males, frequent initial symptom of painless jaundice… CONTINUE READING
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