REVIEW – August 2018

Contemporary management of mild biliary pancreatitis

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Acute pancreatitis is a common gastrointestinal tract disorder with an incidence of 13-45 episodes per 100 000 inhabitants per year. One of the most frequent etiologic factors of acute pancreatitis are gallstones that cause biliary pancreatitis. Biliary pancreatitis has usually a mild course and the recommended treatment of choice is early laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Despite the availability of evidence-based treatment recommendations, unreasonable fear prevents doctors from following relevant guidelines. The purpose of this article was to provide a review of evidence-based management of mild acute biliary pancreatitis.