Korean J Pancreas Biliary Tract.  2019 Apr;24(2):55-60. 10.15279/kpba.2019.24.2.55.

Sex and Gender Medicine in Pancreatobiliary Diseases

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Chungbuk National University College of Medicine, Cheongju, Korea. smpark@chungbuk.ac.kr


Sex and gender medicine investigates the impact of sex and gender differences on normal conditions, pathogenesis, and clinical features of diseases. By considering sex and gender differences during diagnosis, treatment and prevention, a person can receive the best individualized treatment based on scientific evidence. In this review, sex and gender differences in the field of pancreatobiliary diseases are described regarding gallstones, acute cholecystitis, acute and chronic pancreatitis, and cancers of the pancreas and biliary tract. In addition, recent policy on clinical and preclinical research which states that sex and gender analysis should be included during planning, conducting, and interpretation of the researches and websites containing resources about sex and gender medicine are introduced. This review highlights the importance of considering sex and gender aspect in research, clinics, and medical education.


Sex; Gender; Medicine; Pancreas; Biliary tract
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