Autoimmune Pancreatitis: A Critical Analysis of the Surgical Experience in an Era of Modern Diagnostics

Ammar A. Javed, Michael J. Wright, Ding Ding, Zunaira N. Javed, Mahya Faghih, Noah S. Rozich, Elliot K. Fishman, William R. Burns, John L. Cameron, Matthew J Weiss, Jin He, Vikesh K. Singh, Christopher L. Wolfgang, Richard A. Burkhart

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Objective The aim of this study was to critically analyze the surgical experience of managing autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) in an era of modern diagnostics and compare these patients with those who were managed conservatively. Methods Two prospectively maintained databases were used to retrospectively identify patients with AIP who were either managed conservatively or underwent pancreatectomy. Results Eighty-eight patients were included in the study, of which 56 (63.6%) underwent resection and 32 (36.4%) were managed conservatively. Patients who underwent resection were more likely to present with jaundice (64.3% vs 18.1%, P < 0.001) and weight loss (53.6% vs 15.6%, P = 0.005). The cohort who underwent resection had a significantly higher median carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (40.0 vs 18.6 U/mL, P = 0.034) and was less likely to have elevated immunoglobulin G4 (26.1% vs 50.0%, P < 0.001). The most frequent initial diagnosis in the cohort who underwent resection was ductal adenocarcinoma (82.1%). Nine patients (28.1%) in the conservatively managed cohort experienced AIP relapse compared with 6 patients (10.7%) in the cohort who underwent resection. Conclusions The most frequent reason for surgical resection of AIP is concern for malignancy. Carbohydrate antigen 19-9 elevations were more common than immunoglobulin G4 in our cohort, suggesting that this laboratory profile is suboptimal for this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)556-563
Number of pages8
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021


  • autoimmune disease
  • pancreatic disease
  • pancreatic neoplasms
  • surgical oncology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Hepatology
  • Endocrinology


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