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Cleve Clin J Med. 2009 Oct;76(10):607-15. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.76a.09039.

Autoimmune pancreatitis: a mimic of pancreatic cancer.

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Department of General Internal Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA.

Abstract

Autoimmune pancreatitis is an idiopathic inflammatory disease that produces pancreatic masses and ductal strictures. This benign disease resembles pancreatic carcinoma both clinically and radiographically. The diagnosis of autoimmune pancreatitis is challenging to make. However, accurate and timely diagnosis may preempt the misdiagnosis of cancer and decrease the number of unnecessary pancreatic resections.

PMID:
19797461
DOI:
10.3949/ccjm.76a.09039
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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