Title
Autoinunune pancreatitis with evolution to cholangitis : a case report Autoinunune pancreatitis with evolution to cholangitis : a case report
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Bruxelles ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Acta gastro-enterologica belgica. - Bruxelles, 1946 - 1995
Volume/pages
67(2004) :4 , p. 346-350
ISSN
0001-5644
ISI
000226988000007
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
We report the case of a 47-year-old Caucasian male patient who presented with obstructive jaundice and mild epigastric pain. Autoimmune pancreatitis was diagnosed based on magnetic resonance imaging, biopsy and clinical evolution, and the patient was successfully treated with corticosteroids. However, a few months later ERCP showed an image compatible with sclerosing cholangitis. Again, treatment with corticosteroids was given, after which the bile ducts became normal. A few months later, again there was a relapse and azathioprine was started. After decreasing the dose of immunesuppression, we saw relapses of cholangitis and pancreatitis, with eventually evolution to chronic calcifying pancreatitis. The aim of this report is to describe autoimmune pancreatitis as a cause of obstructive jaundice, and to illustrate that evolution to an immunesuppression-responsive cholangitis, with evolution to chronic calcifying pancreatitis is possible. Also, our patient had a small fluid collection, possibly a pseudocyst, an unusual finding in autoimmune pancreatitis, which disappeared during treatment.
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