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can lupus cause pancreatitis since lupus is an autoimmune disease?

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience Rheumatology
See below: Yes, lupus can cause pancreatitis on rare occasions.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
51 years experience Rheumatology
Lupus pancreatitis : Lupus induced pancreatitis happens in a small percentage of lupus patients . Lupus vasculitis can cause pancreatitis. Other causes of pancreatitis in lupus include virus induced, perforated peptic ulcer disease, common duct stone from biliary tract, alcohol and or drug induced . Pancreatitis in lupus occurs as part of multi system disease. Pancreatitis as initial manifestation lupus is rare.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
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Dr. Philip Meadow
41 years experience Rheumatology
Agree: Another cause could be IGG4 disease.Another autoimmune cause of pancreatitis.Blood test not always helpful.Sometimes a tissue diagnosis is required,ussually a lymph node with a special form of storiform is found.
Answered on Nov 26, 2016
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