TITLE

Clinical: Managing a case of acute pancreatitis

AUTHOR(S)
Price, Nicolette
PUB. DATE
October 2005
SOURCE
GP: General Practitioner;10/21/2005, p66
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the management of acute pancreatitis. The incidence of acute pancreatitis appears to be rising in the Great Britain. There are currently between 150 and 420 cases of this potentially fatal condition per million population. About 50 per cent of cases are caused by gallstones and 20 to 25 per cent by alcohol. In women, the usual cause is cholelithiasis; in men it is usually alcohol abuse. The British Society of Gastroenterology guidelines recommend that no more than 20 per cent of cases be attributed to idiopathic aetiology. There is usually sudden onset of abdominal pain with vomiting. The pain may localise in the epigastrium or either hypochondrium, and may radiate to the back, or shoulder tip with diaphragmatic irritation.
ACCESSION #
18826385

 

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