Tropical pancreatitis - a distinct entity, or merely a type of chronic pancreatitis?

@article{Balakrishnan2006TropicalP,
  title={Tropical pancreatitis - a distinct entity, or merely a type of chronic pancreatitis?},
  author={Vallath Balakrishnan and Prem Qu Nair and Lakshmi Radhakrishnan and V. Ashok Narayanan},
  journal={Indian journal of gastroenterology : official journal of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology},
  year={2006},
  volume={25 2},
  pages={74-81}
}
Tropical pancreatitis was described 50 years ago as a disease of the tropical regions, particularly southern India, with young age at onset, malnutrition, rapid progression, severe pancreatic damage with multiple large ductal calculi, and absence of history of alcoholism or biliary tract disease as its hallmarks. Over the years, chronic pancreatitis in southern India has shown a change, with increase in older patients, occurrence of milder disease including milder diabetes, increasing longevity… CONTINUE READING

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