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Walled-off pancreatic necrosis (WON) is a defined entity that occurs following an episode of acute necrotizing pancreatitis. Direct endoscopic necrosectomy (DEN) is performed by advancing an endoscope transmurally into WON and has become an accepted modality. However, clinicians have many questions about endoscopic necrosectomy. Some of these questions will be addressed. 1. Is DEN required […]

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The term autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) is used for two rare, steroid-responsive pancreatitides that present most commonly with a pancreatic mass and occasionally with acute pancreatitis. They are the only pancreatic diseases with a potential cure through effective medical therapies. Although their increased recognition has led to the avoidance of unnecessary surgery in numerous patients, it […]

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Acute pancreatitis (AP) is one of the most common causes of hospitalization for a gastrointestinal condition, and its incidence continues to increase in the U.S. and across the world.1 With improvements in general clinical care, the overall mortality of AP in the U.S. is now less than 2 percent. Despite this seemingly low mortality, all clinicians […]

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Acute pancreatitis is the leading cause of hospitalization related to digestive illness. While there remains a lack of effective pharmacologic therapy for this disease, there has nevertheless been tremendous progress in management. Many of these developments are centered on the concept of minimally invasive approaches to care. There are several key concepts in the contemporary […]