Chapter 22. Acute Pancreatitis

  1. Tony C. K. Tham MD, FRCP, FRCPI Consultant Gastroenterologist Head of School of Medicine2,3,
  2. John S. A. Collins MD Consultant Gastroenterologist4 and
  3. Roy M. Soetikno MD, MS Chief Associate Professor5,6
  1. David R. Lichtenstein MD Director of Endsocopy Associate Professor of Medicine

Published Online: 9 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch22

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

How to Cite

Lichtenstein, D. R. (2008) Acute Pancreatitis, in Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition (eds T. C. K. Tham, J. S. A. Collins and R. M. Soetikno), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch22

Editor Information

  1. 2

    The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  2. 3

    Northern Ireland deanery, UK

  3. 4

    Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  4. 5

    GI Section, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA

  5. 6

    Stanford University, USA

Author Information

  1. Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146340

Online ISBN: 9781444303292



  • acute pancreatitis;
  • clinical presentation and complications of acute pancreatitis;
  • CT scan of pancreatic pseudocyst;
  • diagnosis - clinical and imaging;
  • severity and outcome assessment;
  • pancreatic imaging - interstitial vs. necrotizing disease;
  • etiology of acute pancreatitis;
  • acute alcoholic pancreatitis;
  • microlithiasis;
  • autoimmune pancreatitis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Clinical presentation and complications (see Table 22.1)

  • Diagnosis: clinical and imaging

  • Assessment of severity and outcome

  • Etiology of acute pancreatitis

  • Treatment of acute pancreatitis

  • References