Acute Pancreatitis: Update on management


Acute pancreatitis is a common acute surgical condition. The annual incidence worldwide is 4.9-73.4 cases per 100 000 people,1,2 with the incidence in Australia on the higher end of the spectrum.3

The mortality rate for pancreatitis is between 1.5% and 4.2% in large epidemiological studies,4,5 but varies according to the severity of pancreatitis, increasing to 30% in those with infected pancreatic necrosis.7

A recent Australian study has reported a low mortality rate of 0.08%,8 thought to be due to earlier recognition of severe pancreatitis and the appropriate use of intensive care support.8


Learning Outcomes

  1. Become familiar with new guideline updates for the management of acute pancreatitis by the American College of Gastroenterology
  2. Explain the updates on the examples of the use of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and the addition of the new severity category of ‘moderately severe acute pancreatitis’
  3. Investigate the cases of pancreatitis determined by features of history, results of laboratory tests (liver function tests, serum calcium triglyceride levels), findings on transabdominal and endoscopic ultrasounds


Medical Audience
GP, GP Registrar, Specialist, Doctors in Training (DIT), Medical Student, International Medical Graduate, Overseas Trained Doctor


Medical Journal of Australia
Reading: journal; textbook; book; literature review
1h : 0m
MBA: 1h : 0m
Digestive System Diseases

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