Curbside Consultation of the Pancreas: 49 Clinical Questions

Scott Tenner, MD, MPH; Alphonso Brown, MD, MS Clin Epi; Frank Gress, MD

Question 49: How Do I Evaluate For And Treat Patients With Autoimmune Pancreatitis? (continued)

Shishir K. Maithel, MD; Charles M. Vollmer Jr, MD

Autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) is a relatively rare disorder of the pancreas. Although initially described in elderly male patients, recently reported case series have shown the disorder to be quite heterogeneous. There appears to be an increased incidence in some regions around the world, particularly in Japan. It remains to be seen whether this represents merely an increased clinical awareness or due to an actual increased prevalence of the disease. Although it has been described as a primary pancreatic disorder, it is often associated with other diseases of autoimmune etiology, such as…