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Medical Studies/Studia Medyczne
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vol. 32

Epidemiology of acute pancreatitis in Poland – selected problems

Dorota Kozieł
Stanisław Głuszek
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Department of Surgery and Surgical Nursing with Research Laboatory, Institute of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce, Poland
Clinical Department of General, Oncological and Endocrinological Surgery, Regional Hospital, Kielce, Poland
Medical Studies/Studia Medyczne 2016; 32 (1): 1–3
Online publish date: 2016/04/05
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In recent years in many European countries, an increase has been observed in the incidence of acute pancreatitis (AP). Analysis of the results of scarce Polish epidemiological studies suggests that Poland belongs to the countries with the highest incidence rate – 72.1/100 000. The incidence rate in the Kielce region is 99.9/100 000 and 79.7/100 000 patients who experienced the first episode of pancreatitis. The main cause of contracting the disease is gallstones, responsible for 34% of cases, while alcohol is the cause of AP in 24.1% of patients. In recent years, an increase has been noted in the incidence of AP with a severe course. Although in the majority of patients the course of the disease is mild, in the severe form mortality remains within the range 30–60%.

epidemiology, acute pancreatitis, incidence, mortality

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