Differentiation between chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer can be difficult. Pancreatic cancer may develop after a history of year long chronic pancreatitis. The consequences of not identifying pancreatic cancer early and correctly will be devastating for the patient.
In June 2010, a 72 year old male patient was admitted to the department of internal medicine of a local community hospital because of continuous upper abdominal pain and a weight loss of 5 kg within a couple of weeks. The patient was a former alcoholic but had ceased drinking alcohol in 1987. Read more . . .