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August 27, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(9):654-658. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690090004002

It is only in recent years that mild forms of inflammatory conditions in such organs as the liver and pancreas have begun to be recognized, and the best textbooks have not yet incorporated descriptions of them in the sections on diseases of the liver and pancreas.1 There are complete descriptions of acute suppurative cholangeitis and also of acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis. Only in the current literature is attention called to the less acute and nonfatal forms. Yet Albu wrote, in 1911, "Among the many diseases of the abdominal organs which produce this often mistaken symptom (stomach cramps), pancreas colic at any rate should be considered especially in connection with a serious and obscure disease process."

It is to a rather unusual sequela of pancreatitis that attention is here directed. Certain lesions of the pancreas have long been recognized to be associated with diabetes. As a result of the work of