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Special Issue

Pancreatitis: New Insights into Etiology, Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, Management and Complications

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2019 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Prashanth Rawla, MD

Department of Internal Medicine, SOVAH Health, Martinsville, VA, USA

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Research Interests: Gastroenterology; mainly pancreatitis; inflammatory bowel disease; hepatitis; diabetes and oncology

About This Topic

Acute and chronic pancreatitis pose significant burdens in terms of morbidity, mortality rate, and financial costs. Novel insights into etiology, physio-pathology, clinical features, diagnosis, management and complications of pancreatitis have been recently published in scientific journals, thus changing both disease paradigms and clinical practice.

We invite authors to submit new research ongoing research and review of current research in the form of original research contributions, literature reviews, case reports, mini reviews, systematic reviews, meta-analysis in the subject of the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of pancreatitis.

Potential sub topics include but are not limited to the following:
Epidemiology and classification
Risk factors
Pancreatitis, acute and chronic: the pathologist’s point of view
Biology and molecular pathways of acute and chronic pancreatitis
Diagnosis: the role of ultrasound, Ct abdomen and endoscopic ultrasound and novel technologies. Role of amylase and lipase.
Current management: treatment and surveillance strategies
Future perspectives
Pancreatitis and risk of pancreatic cancer
Non alcoholic pancreatic disease and pancreatitis
Complications of pancreatitis

Planned Papers

Title:Pancreatitis: New insights into etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, management, and complications
Authors: Dr. Fady Kaldas and Dr. Danielle Graham
Affiliation: Surgery department at UCLA, USA

Title:Management of pancreatic fluid collection complicating acute pancreatitis
Authors: Gaël Deplanque, Domenico Galasso
Affiliation: Hopital Riviera Chablais, Canton VD et VS, Switzerland

Title:Endoscopic management of acute recurrent pancreatitis
Authors: Pier Alberto Testoni
Affiliation: Vita Salute San Raffaele University - San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy

Title:Management of severe necrotising pancreatitis
Authors: Michal Kawka, Tamara Gall, Professor Jiao Long
Affiliation: Department of Surgery and Cancer, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College, London

Title:Walled-off necrosis in acute pancreatitis: clinical implications
Author: Raffaele Pezzilli
Affiliation: Pancreas Unit, Department of Gastroenterology, Sant'Orsola Polyclinic, Bologna, Italy

Title: A Review of Current Surgical Management of Chronic Pancreatitis.
Authors: En Yaw Hong, MD; JoAnn Coleman, DNP, ACNP. AOCN; Vanita Ahuja, MD, MPH, MBA, FACS
1. Surgical resident PGY 3 at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Maryland USA
2. Coordinator and nurse practitioner, Sinai Center for Geriatric Surgery at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Maryland USA
3. General surgeon and surgery residency program director, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Maryland USA


Open Access Review

Endoscopic Therapy for Recurrent Acute Pancreatitis

Received: 17 October 2019;  Published: 23 December 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.hg.1904042


Recurrent acute pancreatitis (RAP) is a clinical entity characterized by episodes of acute pancreatitis which occurs on more than one occasion. Recurrence of pancreatitis generally occurs in a setting of a normal anatomical and functional gland, however, a chronic disease at early stage may be found [...]
Open Access Case Report

Secondary Acute Pancreatitis Associated with Paracetamol and Codeine Administration after Dental Treatment: Literature Analysis and Clinical Case Study

Received: 29 April 2019;  Published: 30 August 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.hg.1903035


OBJECTIVES To review current literature analysing possible secondary complications in response to the administration of paracetamol and codeine as analgesics in the dental field. To discuss a case of secondary acute pancreatitis triggered by the administration of both active ingredients. MATERIALS A [...]
Open Access Review

Rare Causes of Acute Pancreatitis: Drugs, Eosinophilia, and Autoimmunity

Received: 15 March 2019;  Published: 29 August 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.hg.1903034


Background: Among the rarest causes of acute pancreatitis, in addition to the drugs (DIAP), there are eosinophilic pancreatitis (EP) and autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP). Methods: we have researched on PUBMED the descriptions of clinical cases of eosinophilic pancreatitis appeared from 1990 to February [...]
Open Access Review

Pancreatitis in Solid Organ Transplant Patients: A Review of the Literature

Received: 05 May 2019;  Published: 29 July 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.hg.1903029


Acute pancreatitis is a highly morbid condition widely recognized and well-defined in the general population. In this article, we summarize the current literature on acute pancreatitis in the setting of solid organ transplant axiom, including patients who are listed for or have undergone transplanta [...]
Open Access Review

Hereditary Pancreatitis – A Review of Current Concepts and Management

Received: 30 April 2019;  Published: 19 July 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.hg.1903028


(1) Background: Hereditary Pancreatitis is a rare cause of acute pancreatitis. These patients usually present at a young age with recurrent episodes of acute pancreatitis that usually progresses to chronic pancreatitis with associated endocrine and exocrine failure. Hereditary pancreatitis also ca [...]
Open Access Review

Review of Current Evidence in Acute Pancreatitis

Received: 17 May 2019;  Published: 12 July 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.hg.1903026


Acute pancreatitis (AP) is an inflammatory condition of the pancreas and is one of the most common ailments of the gastrointestinal system that results in significant morbidity and mortality. The main etiologic causes of AP are alcohol consumption, gallstones, hypertriglyceridemia, and biliary stone [...]
Open Access Review

Managing Acute Severe Necrotising Pancreatitis

Received: 25 February 2019;  Published: 05 June 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.hg.1902022


Background: Severe necrotising pancreatitis (SNP) is characterised by high mortality, severe complications and bad prognosis despite progress in understanding of aetiology and progression of the disease. Traditionally, necrotic changes were removed by open necrosectomy but the paradigm has shifted t [...]
Open Access Review

Walled-Off Necrosis in Acute Pancreatitis: Clinical and Therapeutic Implications

Received: 07 February 2019;  Published: 10 April 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.hg.1902017


Acute pancreatitis still represents a challenge for physicians; it ranges from mild self-limiting forms Walled-off necrosis (WON), previously called by other names, such as organized pancreatic necrosis, necroma, pancreatic sequestration, pseudocyst associated with necrosis and subacute pancreatic n [...]