Non-alcoholic fatty pancreas disease - practices for clinicians

Larisa Pinte, Daniel Vasile Balaban, Cristian Băicuș, Mariana Jinga
Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne 2019 January 1
Obesity is a growing health burden worldwide, increasing the risk for several diseases featuring the metabolic syndrome - type 2 diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and cardiovascular diseases. With the increasing epidemic of obesity, a new pathologic condition has emerged as a component of the metabolic syndrome - that of non-alcoholic fatty pancreas disease (NAFPD). Similar to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), NAFPD comprises a wide spectrum of disease - from deposition of fat in the pancreas -fatty pancreas, to pancreatic inflammation and possibly pancreatic fibrosis. In contrast with NAFLD, diagnostic evaluation of NAFPD is less standardized, consisting mostly in imaging methods. Also the natural evolution of NAFPD and its association with pancreatic cancer is much less studied. Not least, the clinical consequences of NAFPD remain largely presumptions and knowledge about its metabolic impact is limited. This review will cover epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnostic evaluation tools and treatment options for NAFPD, with focus on practices for clinicians.

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