Pancreatic diseases


Pancreatic neoplasms

Pancreatic and periampullary neoplasms are an heterogeneous group of lesions arising from pancreatic acini, islet cells, pancreatic ducts, common bile duct, ampulla of Vater, and duodenum. Their biological behaviour and the prognosis varies greatly according to the tumor type and tumor stage. The therapy of pancreatic neoplasms is mostly surgical. Click on the above link for more information.


Inflammatory diseases

Inflammatory diseases of the pancreas (acute and chronic pancreatitis) are mostly caused by biliary stones and alcohol abuse. Acute pancreatitis has a great variability in severity. Whereas it runs a self-limiting course in most patients, in others it can take a severe form with multi-organ failure. Chronic pancreatitis is characterized by irreversible fibrotic replacement of normal pancreatic tissue. This type of inflammation can lead to chronic abdominal pain and/or impairment of endocrine and exocrine function of the pancreas. Click on the above link for more information.