Andrew L. Warshaw, M.D. Volume 362:1535-1537 April 22, 2010 Number 16
Acute pancreatitis in most patients is self-limited and resolves without complications or the need for invasive procedures or surgical intervention. In a minority of patients, perhaps 10%, necrosis of the pancreatic and peripancreatic tissues opens the door to multiple organ failure, infection of the necrotic tissue, or both, with a greatly increased risk of death; this risk has been estimated to be 20 to 30%.

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