Clinical characteristics and prognosis of idiopathic acute pancreatitis

Tzvika Porges, Tali Shafat, Iftach Sagy, Dan Schwarzfuchs, Ilan Rahmani Tzvi-Ran, Alan Jotkowitz, Leonid Barski

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Objective: Acute pancreatitis is a serious diagnosis with an increasing incidence in the Western world. In this study we sought to investigate the incidence of idiopathic AP and to compare clinical and prognostic characteristics of idiopathic cases with cases of AP with known etiology. Methods: In this retrospective study of adult hospitalized patients diagnosed with acute pancreatitis between 2012 and 2015, a comparison was made between admissions of patients with known etiology and those for whom no cause was found. Primary outcome was defined as composite outcome of 30-day mortality and complications. Results: Among 560 admissions of 437 patients with a primary diagnosis of acute pancreatitis, the main factors identified were gallstones (51.2%) and idiopathic pancreatitis (35.9%), with alcohol ranked third at only 4.8%. Mortality rate within 30 days of hospitalization was 2.9% and within one year was 7.1%.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0019
JournalRambam Maimonides Medical Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2021

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