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JAMA Clinical Guidelines Synopsis
May 7, 2020

Initial Management of Acute Pancreatitis

Author Affiliations
  • 1Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • 3Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA. Published online May 7, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.2177

Acute pancreatitis is an inflammatory condition of the pancreas that most often presents as abdominal pain and nausea.1 The most common causes of acute pancreatitis are chronic alcohol use and gallstones.2 Acute pancreatitis contributes to more than 275 000 hospitalizations each year in the United States, with less than 1% mortality for those admitted to the hospital.3