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Autoimmune pancreatitis: an important diagnostic consideration in obstructive jaundice due to a pancreatic mass lesion

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Abstract:

Abstract

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.

Keywords: autoimmune pancreatitis; obstructive jaundice; pancreatic malignancy

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1445-5994.2010.02300.x

Publication date: October 1, 2010

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