Autoimmune pancreatitis: an important diagnostic consideration in obstructive jaundice due to a pancreatic mass lesion
Autoimmune or immunoglobulin G subtype (IgG4) pancreatitis is a newly recognised clinical entity and is an important differential diagnosis for patients presenting with obstructive jaundice. Knowledge of autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) continues to evolve both for pathogenesis and management; however diagnosis is often not straightforward or even considered, therefore a high index of suspicion remains an important tool for the treating physician. The six cases presented illustrate both the difficulties in diagnosis as well as management of this condition.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: October 1, 2010