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March 10, 1975

Pancreatitis—A Rare Complication?

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Whittier, Calif

JAMA. 1975;231(10):1027-1030. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03240220011008

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To the Editor.—  Numerous articles have been published on pancreatitis and some of the ensuing common complications. Recently, we saw a patient who had pancreatitis and a possible complication that may or may not have been associated with his primary disease process.

Report of a Case. —  This 47-year-old man was admitted to the hospital with a twoweek history of abdominal pain, primarily located in the left side of his abdomen, with some radiation to the left shoulder and down toward the left hip. The patient stated that the pain was not associated with eating and was not relieved with analgesics. There was history of previous peptic ulcer disease, but no gallbladder disease. The patient denied any change in his bowel habits. On admission, blood pressure was 120/80 mm Hg, hemoglobin value was 13.5 mg/100 ml, and white blood cell count was 9,000, with a normal differential cell count.