Pancreatitis

Joseph J. Kishel

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of the chapter, the reader will be able to:

1. Describe the pathophysiology of acute and chronic pancreatitis.

2. Differentiate the signs and symptoms of acute from chronic pancreatitis.

3. Discuss the clinical implications of pancreatic fluid collections, pancreatic abscess, and pancreatic necrosis in acute pancreatitis.

4. Formulate care plans for managing acute pancreatitis.

5. Identify pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic means of preventing repeat episodes of chronic pancreatitis.

6. Choose appropriate pancreatic enzyme supplementation for patients with chronic pancreatitis.

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