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Acute pancreatitis in people over 65 . . . and other stories

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 17 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1645

Acute pancreatitis in older patients

A retrospective review of 900 patients who presented with acute pancreatitis to a hospital in Rome, Italy since 2008 finds that the condition is more serious in older patients (Scand J Gastroenterol doi:10.1080/00365521.2019.1588369). Case fatality was more than three times higher, admissions to intensive care units three times more frequent, and length of hospital stay several days longer in people who were older than 65. This is not surprising since age is a component of the Ranson score, which is long established as a prognostic indicator in …

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