Intractable Rare Dis Res. 2012;1(3):134-137. (DOI: 10.5582/irdr.2012.v1.3.134)

The classification of acute pancreatitis: Current status.

Mao L, Qiu YD


The Atlanta Classification of acute pancreatitis (AP) is widely accepted and has been used by physicians and radiologists since 1992. However, advances in knowledge of the disease process, improved imaging, and ever-changing treatment options have rendered some of its definitions ambiguous and highlighted the inadequacy of its classification of severity. This review discusses revision of the Atlanta Classification (2008) and it describes a new determinant-based classification (2012). In contrast to the Atlanta Classification, the revised version and new classification are based on evidence but still need to be developed through systematic review of new data and further international consultation.

KEYWORDS: Acute pancreatitis, classification, severity

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