HPB Virtual Journal Club Number 1, March 2011

“Update on Acute Pancreatitis”

Acute pancreatitis is a common disease worldwide which causes significant morbidity and mortality and strains the resources of all healthcare systems. We have both evidence-based treatment guidelines and new minimally-invasive treatment approaches to consider. These recently published HPB articles together with an expert procedure video provide your Journal Club the content to meet these Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the recent incidence of acute pancreatitis and what might contribute to the best treatment outcomes.
  • Understand the patterns of individual and cumulative organ dysfunction in fatal pancreatitis.
  • Understand how well evidence-based treatment guidelines for pancreatitis are actually being followed.
  • Understand the incidence of and risk factors for post-ERCP pancreatitis.
  • Review today’s techniques and outcomes for minimally invasive pancreatic necrosectomy. A comprehensive literature review and expert educational video are provided.
  • Understand how minimally invasive pancreatic necrosectomy compares economically to the conventional open approach.