Korean J Med.  2004 Nov;67(Suppl 3):S697-S702.

A case of autoimmune chronic pancreatitis associated with retroperitoneal fibrosis

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. mhkim@amc.seoul.kr
  • 2Department of Pathology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) is a chronic pancreatitis occurring by autoimmune mechanism and is appealing to clinicians due to its dramatic response to steroid therapy. AIP is often associated with other autoimmune-associated diseases such as Sjogren's syndrome, sclerosing cholangitis, inflammatory bowel disease, etc. We report a case of autoimmune chronic pancreatitis associated with retroperitoneal fibrosis. To our knowledge, this is the first report of such case in Korea and is highlighted by the fact that pancreatitis improved without specific therapy while retroperitoneal fibrosis showed worsening natural course.

Keyword

Pancreatitis; Retroperitoneal fibrosis; Steroids
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