The Uncommon Syndrome of Pancreatic Encephalopathy

Mittal, Saumya H and Mittal, Salony and Govil, Tuhina (2016) The Uncommon Syndrome of Pancreatic Encephalopathy. Astrocyte, 2 (4). pp. 185-186. ISSN 2349-0977

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Abstract

Even though first described in 1923, the syndrome of pancreatic encephalopathy is an uncommon complication of acute pancreatitis. A multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, it generally occurs in early stage of severe acute pancreatitis and carries a high mortality of up to 57% and more. The syndrome must be distinguished from Wernicke encephalopathy, which may follow as a part of neurological complications in the last or restoration stage of acute pancreatitis, and occurs as a result of long fasting, hyperemesis and total parenteral nutrition without thiamine. Poorly recognized by clinicians, a large dose of Vitamin B1 is effective in the management of Wernicke encephalopathy. The present article draws attention to the two lesser recognized complications of acute pancreatitis and briefly dwells on their pathogenesis and management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Acute pancreatitis, metabolic encephalopathy, pancreatic encephalopathy
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Pathology
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Neurology
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2016 15:40
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2016 15:40
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/147008

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