Chronic Pancreatitis

Topics: Pancreas

Authors: Julia Mayerle, Georg Beyer
Editor: Rui Castro
Release date: November 2017 reviewed/updated August 2021
This course was developed by UEG

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About this online course

Chronic pancreatitis is a severe fibroinflammatory disorder of the pancreas that has a high associated morbidity and mortality. The number of hospitalizations for chronic pancreatitis has markedly increased and the global incidence of the disease continues to rise. Even though progress has been made in identifying common risk factors for chronic pancreatitis, the pathogenesis of the disease remains poorly understood.

This online course covers the definition of chronic pancreatitis, mortality, socioeconomic effect, aetiology and epidemiology, diagnosis and staging, management and the occurrence of bile duct obstruction and pseudocysts. Two clinical cases are also included, allowing application of knowledge in real-life scenarios. 

Learning objectives


To become familiar with:

  • The definition of chronic pancreatitis and its symptoms
  • The aetiology and epidemiology of chronic pancreatitis
  • The progression and natural history of chronic pancreatitis
  • Diagnosis and staging of chronic pancreatitis
  • Pain management and management of pancreatic exocrine insufficiency
  • Endoscopic therapy
  • Surgical therapy

Target audience

This course is suitable for gastroenterologists in training, but is also appropriate for physicians and surgeons in other disciplines, as well as nurses, biotechnicians and advanced-years’ medical students who have an interest in gastroenterology. 

Pancreatitis course