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Ultrastructure of human acute pancreatitis.
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PMID:  3693980     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Few studies have been published on the ultrastructural changes which accompany human acute pancreatitis, and these have concentrated primarily on parenchyma. The present study concentrates on extraparenchymal changes, compares acute pancreatitis occurring alone with that on a background of chronic pancreatitis, and tests for similarity with observations made previously in an experimental model. Pancreatic tissue came from 16 patients undergoing surgery for pancreatic disease and five subjects without pancreatic disease. Regressive changes in parenchymal cells were consistent with ischemia, and with previously described studies. Polymorphonuclear leukocytes infiltrated into stroma and parenchyma. Platelets accumulated intra- and extravascularly. Fibrin deposits were common in the connective tissue, and could be observed in intercellular spaces at the base of acini, mingled with degenerating acinar cells and secretion product. Microthrombi occurred in blood vessels. These alterations were consistent with those in experimental acute pancreatitis. Similar changes were observed whether or not acute pancreatitis occurred on a background of chronic pancreatitis. The vascular component is important in acute pancreatitis, and altered epithelial barriers allow interaction between blood-borne material and pancreatic exocrine secretions.
D E Bockman; M Büchler; H G Beger
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of pancreatology : official journal of the International Association of Pancreatology     Volume:  1     ISSN:  0169-4197     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Pancreatol.     Publication Date:  1986 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-01-26     Completed Date:  1988-01-26     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8703511     Medline TA:  Int J Pancreatol     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  141-53     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anatomy, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta 30912.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Middle Aged
Pancreatitis / pathology*

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