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Mortality in acute pancreatitis.

By A. R. De Bolla and M. L. Obeid


The mortality from acute pancreatitis at a single centre between 1967 and 1980 is described. The overall mortality was 11% and remained at a similar level throughout the review period during which annual admission rates doubled. Two main groups of mortality were identified. In those with primary pancreatico-biliary or gastric pathology, there were less associated medical conditions and death was commonly due to abscess formation. In those without such primary pathology pre-existing poor medical condition was common and contributed to death from milder forms of pancreatitis. Our findings suggest that a decrease in the mortality of acute pancreatitis is more likely to be achieved through improved medical management than by operative intervention

Topics: Research Article
Publisher: Royal College of Surgeons of England
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:2492524
Provided by: PubMed Central
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