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Int J Gastrointest Cancer. 2001;30(3):171-5.

End-stage chronic pancreatitis: a practical disease-descriptor.

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Hepatobiliary Unit, Department of Surgery, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road Manchester M13 9WL, UK.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Contemporary classification systems for chronic pancreatitis do not incorporate current knowledge of the disease biology of this condition.

METHOD AND RESULTS:

This paper presents three case summaries of patients with longstanding chronic pancreatitis with extra-pancreatic complications. The cases highlight the inadequacies of current terminology. The term "end-stage chronic pancreatitis" is applied to advanced disease and disease descriptors are defined.

CONCLUSION:

The term "end-stage chronic pancreatitis" is a practical and readily applicable disease descriptor.

PMID:
12540030
DOI:
10.1385/IJGC:30:3:171
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