When is ICU treatment indicated for chronic pancreatitis?

Updated: Jul 15, 2019
  • Author: Jason L Huffman, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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A small percentage of patients with severe pancreatitis may become critically ill, especially early in the natural history of recurrent acute or chronic pancreatitis. Intensive care management is required, and the clinician must look for developing complications, such as shock, pulmonary failure, renal failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and multiorgan system failure.


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