Chronic pancreatitis

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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. Clinical management is, therefore, limited to symptom control, treatment of complications and prevention of secondary organ damage. 

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. 

The course includes comprehensive PPT slides and bespoke video presentations by Julia Mayerle and Georg Beyer, which were filmed in Munich in 2017. The combined material has a total duration of approximately 70 minutes. The estimated time needed to complete the course, including the final assessment, is 1 hour 20 minutes.

This course was developed by: UEG.

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


Julia Mayerle, Chair of the Second Department of Medicine, University Hospital LMU Munich, Germany. 

Georg Beyer, Resident in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, Second Department of Medicine, University Hospital LMU Munich, Germany. 

Rui Castro, The Research Institute for Medicines (iMed.Lisboa) and Department of Biochemistry and Human Biology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

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. 

  • The course is designed to last approximately 1 hour 20 minutes in total. 
  • The authors and the course editor have declared that they have no conflicts of interest in relation to the material in this course.
  • The production of this course was funded entirely by UEG. No external sponsorship was received.
  • The material used in this course was prepared in 2017.
  • Unless otherwise stated, all display items are provided courtesy of the course authors.
  • Learners are invited to test their knowledge at the beginning and the end of the course via a series of 10 MCQs (20 MCQs in total).
  • The course has a pass mark of 70%. Those scoring less than the required pass mark are encouraged to revisit the course and retake the assessment.  Upon successful completion, learners will be able to download a high-quality infographic summary of the course

Release Date: November 2017