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Chronic Pancreatitis in England: A Changing Picture?

Br Med J 1974; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.5909.34 (Published 06 April 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;2:34
  1. Oliver James,
  2. J. E. Agnew,
  3. Ian A. D. Bouchier

    Abstract

    A total of 107 patients with chronic pancreatitis from the London area seen between 1968 and 1973 have been reviewed; they comprised 30 with calcific pancreatitis and 77 with chronic or chronic relapsing pancreatitis without calcification. The commonest clinical features were pain, diabetes, malabsorption, and peptic ulcer. Alcohol was a probable aetiology in nearly half the cases, a different finding from those of previous surveys and possibly associated with the increased consumption of alcohol in England in the last 20 years.