What are the survival and mortality rates for chronic pancreatitis?

Updated: Jul 15, 2019
  • Author: Jason L Huffman, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The overall survival rate is 70% at 10 years and 45% at 20 years. In an international study, 559 deaths occurred among patients with chronic pancreatitis, compared with an expected number of 157, which creates a standard mortality ratio of 3.6. Taking the opposite view, the 10-year mortality rate is 30%, and the 20-year mortality rate is 55%. The risk of developing pancreatic cancer is approximately 4% at 20 years.


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