n South African Gastroenterology Review - Guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pancreatitis : guidelines
|Article Title||Guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pancreatitis : guidelines|
|© Publisher:||In House Publications|
|Journal||South African Gastroenterology Review|
|Affiliations||1 University of Cape Town, 2 University of Cape Town, 3 Sandton Medi-Clinic, 4 University of the Witwatersrand, 5 University of the Witwatersrand, 6 Baragwanath Hospital, 7 University of Pretoria and 8 Groote Schuur Hospital|
|Publication Date||Aug 2012|
Chronic pancreatitis (CP) is defined as a continuing inflammatory disease of the pancreas characterised by irreversible morphological changes, often associated with pain and with the loss of exocrine and/or endocrine function that may be clinically relevant. Alcohol is the predominant cause of CP in the western world and is particularly prevalent in South Africa, especially in the indigent patient. CP ranks high among intractable diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. The tendency for substance abuse in the alcohol-induced group poses major psychological and socioeconomic problems.
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