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Introducing…the pancreas!

Gardner, Timothy B.

Current Opinion in Gastroenterology: September 2018 - Volume 34 - Issue 5 - p 316
doi: 10.1097/MOG.0000000000000465
PANCREAS: Edited by Timothy B. Gardner

Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA

Correspondence to Timothy B. Gardner, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756, USA. E-mail:

In this issue of the Current Opinion series, the articles focus on diseases of the exocrine pancreas. The authors are world-renowned international experts in the field, and each has been chosen to share their expertise in a series of commissioned articles that cover the breadth of clinical practice in pancreatic disorders.

Beginning with the surgical treatment of pain in chronic pancreatitis (pp. 317–321) and concluding with a focus specifically on the burgeoning field of autoislet transplant (pp. 367–373), each article provides an update on the most pressing issues and controversies in the field. The role of genetics in acute and chronic pancreatitis is discussed in the context of how this relates to current patient care and how this field will be transformative in the future for the management of these conditions (pp. 322–329). Both the initial management (pp. 330–335 and pp. 336–342), with its emphasis on nutrition and fluid resuscitation, as well as the evaluation and management of complication of acute pancreatitis, especially the treatment of pancreatic fluid collections, is reviewed.

The controversial field of pancreatic cyst management with its many different guidelines for surveillance and resection criteria is covered in detail (pp. 343–348). Along with the role of alcohol and tobacco use in chronic pancreatitis (pp. 349–354), the diagnosis and management of pancreatic exocrine insufficiency as a complication of chronic pancreatitis (pp. 355–361) is reviewed. Finally, the most recently discovered pancreatic disease – autoimmune pancreatitis – is discussed with a focus on differentiating types I and II disease (pp. 362–366).

This tour de force of exocrine pancreatic disease, written by many of the world's experts in their fields, should give the reader a far-reaching review of the major topics, controversies and management strategies of this most important exocrine pancreatic diseases. I hope the practicing clinician, basic science researcher, and all those interested in the pancreas enjoy this special volume.

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