The number of hospital admissions for acute and chronic pancreatitis increased in Britain from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Researchers from London, England, examined trends in acute and chronic pancreatitis for hospital admissions from 1989/90 to 1999/2000.
|Admission rates for chronic pancreatitis rose by 100%.|
|Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics|
They also assessed mortality from 1979 to 1999, and various indices of alcohol consumption.
The team obtained Hospital Episode Statistics for admissions from the Department of Health and mortality data from the Office for National Statistics.
Alcohol consumption data were obtained from the General Household Survey.
The researchers found that between 1989/90 and 1999/2000, age-standardized hospital admission rates for acute pancreatitis increased by 43%.
In addition, admission rates for chronic pancreatitis rose by 100%.
The team also found that while the proportion of admissions requiring surgical operations increased for acute pancreatitis, they declined for chronic pancreatitis.
Overall, case fatality rates for acute pancreatitis declined, but mortality statistics showed no significant change.
The proportion of women who drank more than 14 units of alcohol a week also increased.
Dr Tinto's team concluded, "There has been a steady increase in admission rates for both acute and chronic pancreatitis over the study period, and these conditions will become an increasingly important part of the workload of the gastroenterologist".