Chronic pancreatitis: a changing etiology or a gap in technological medicine

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Raffaele Pezzilli *
Lara Bellacosa
Bahajat Barakat
(*) Corresponding Author:
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Alcohol is considered the most important risk factor for the development of chronic pancreatitis. The possibility of evaluating CFTR mutations and the discovery of other gene mutations has led to a better evaluation of the familiar/hereditary forms of chronic pancreatitis and the identification of autoimmune pancreatitis has further improved our knowledge of the disease. However, recent studies on chronic pancreatitis on a worldwide level reveal an increase in the idiopathic forms of the disease. Clinicians must pay greater attention to identifying the factors associated with chronic pancreatitis.

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Raffaele Pezzilli, Dipartimento di Malattie dell’Apparato Digerente e Medicina Interna

Lara Bellacosa, Dipartimento di Malattie dell’Apparato Digerente e Medicina Interna

Bahajat Barakat, Dipartimento di Emergenza/Urgenza, Chirurgia Generale e dei Trapianti, Ospedale Sant’Orsola-Malpighi, Bologna