Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Hospital Medicine


Dr. Thomas Colletti


Acute pancreatitis (AP) is one of the leading gastrointestinal causes of hospitalizations across the United States. Despite advances in modern medicine, AP continues to be associated with substantial morbidity, mortality, and healthcare utilization. The most common causes of AP include gallstones, alcohol, and idiopathic. Another uncommon, but well-established, cause of AP is hypertriglyceridemia. Approximately 20% of hospitalized AP patients will go on to develop severe acute pancreatitis (SAP), which carries a substantial mortality rate. Healthcare providers must have a thorough understanding of this complex disease process in order to improve patient outcomes.


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