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Are there cases of pancreatitis which don't have a discernible cause?

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Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Pancreatitis

Yes, there are called "idiopathic" however in most cases, a pancreas expert is able to identify the cause of pancreatitis.

In brief: Pancreatitis

Yes, there are called "idiopathic" however in most cases, a pancreas expert is able to identify the cause of pancreatitis.
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery

In brief: Yes ("IDIOPATHIC")

App.10% of cases of acute pancreatitis have no known cause.
Most people who suffer one episode will not have any recurrences. However, a second episode of idiopathic pancreatitis should lead to a more diligent search. The most useful tests in this circumstance include endoscopic ultrasound and ercp. Many of these cases are believed to be due to small gallstones ("microlithiasis").

In brief: Yes ("IDIOPATHIC")

App.10% of cases of acute pancreatitis have no known cause.
Most people who suffer one episode will not have any recurrences. However, a second episode of idiopathic pancreatitis should lead to a more diligent search. The most useful tests in this circumstance include endoscopic ultrasound and ercp. Many of these cases are believed to be due to small gallstones ("microlithiasis").
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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