Clinical

UK Guidelines for the Management of Acute Pancreatitis

In 1998 the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) published UK guidelines on the management of acute pancreatitis. A planned revision after two years was anticipated. The BSG as the prime sponsor of these guidelines initiated a review process in 2000. These guidelines are part of a series sponsored by the BSG, and a policy decision was taken in that organisation to modify the format of the guidelines, to enable the dissemination of summary documents listing the main conclusions, recommendations, and audit standards, with a subsidiary document reviewing the evidence in detail. The present document uses this new format; in addition it focuses on developments since 1998. Although some revisions are necessary, the main evidence base was well reviewed previously, and remains valuable.

UK Guidelines for the Management of Acute Pancreatitis 1998