Autoimmune pancreatitis

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Autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) is a rare, chronic inflammation of the pancreas of presumed autoimmune aetiology. AIP can be difficult to differentiate from pancreatic cancer, but responds to steroid treatment. Type 1 AIP – the most common form – is associated with extrapancreatic manifestations; Type 2 AIP is primarily confined to the pancreas.

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