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J Clin Outcomes Manage 
2005 Aug;12(8):419-428
Clinical approach to chronic pancreatitis
Joshi P, Toskes PP

Abstract Program Audience Primary care physicians. Educational Needs Addressed Chronic pancreatitis leads to significant morbidity and health care costs and significantly impairs quality of life. Proper diagnosis and treatment is important in order to relieve pain and prevent complications, such as diabetes and fat malabsorption. Gastroparesis can mimic chronic pancreatitis; it is important for clinicians to distinguish between the 2 disorders in patients with epigastric pain, as the treatments are very different. Educational Objectives 1.Recognize the presentation of chronic pancreatitis and its mimics 2. Distinguish gastroparesis from chronic pancreatitis 3. Understand the role of laboratory and radiographic studies in diagnosing chronic pancreatitis 4. Describe the lifestyle modifications and medical treatments for the disorder 5. Be familiar with the indications for surgical referral


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