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August 7, 1967

Ascites Due to Chronic Pancreatitis

Author Affiliations

From the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory and the II and IV (Harvard) Medical Services, Boston City Hospital, and the Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston. Dr. Babior is a staff associate with the National Heart Institute.

JAMA. 1967;201(6):488-489. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130060162025

A patient had massive ascites caused by chronic pancreatitis. Formation of the ascites was accompanied by little pain. The fluid was hemorrhagic and had a high protein content, but could be distinguished from effusions of other etiologies by a very high amylase content. The ascites subsided spontaneously after three weeks.