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Special Issue "Pathogenesis and Management of Pancreatitis"

A special issue of Journal of Clinical Medicine (ISSN 2077-0383). This special issue belongs to the section "Microbiology & Parasitology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 May 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Robert Sutton

Professor of Surgery, Liverpool Pancreatitis Research Group, Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool, Liverpool UK
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Interests: molecular and cell biology of pancreatitis, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatitis, multiomics, clinical trials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Advances in basic, translational and clinical research in acute and chronic pancreatitis place us on the cusp of a step change in understanding and patient management. Progress in the identification and characterization of molecular pathways, subcellular organelles, cellular and extracellular interactions, organ dysfunction, disease course and patient experience all contribute.  Yet we have to continue striving for solutions to many challenges that will bring this step change about and make full use of the opportunities this presents. We still lack accurate biomarkers and effective therapies, particularly as we have no licensed specific therapy to protect the pancreas in acute pancreatitis or chronic pancreatitis. How are the mechanisms of acute pancreatitis similar or different from those of chronic pancreatitis? What will enable us to achieve earlier diagnosis of either condition? What can we learn about disease mechanisms that will clarify targets for treatment? What biomarkers can we pinpoint that will increase the accuracy of prognostication or evaluation of therapies? What can we learn from better study designs to map disease course and appreciate as well as improve patient experience? What are the next steps in developing new treatments? The Journal of Clinical Medicine is calling for original papers (the majority) and reviews that address these and other related important issues in pancreatitis, to be published in a special edition in mid-2019. You are invited to submit articles that report basic, translational and clinical studies in pancreatitis, to be evaluated with this special edition. Whether at the bench in the laboratory or office or at the bedside with patients, our focus is the same: greater insight and capability to understand and manage pancreatitis and so improve human health.

Prof. Dr. Robert Sutton
Guest Editor

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  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Aetiology
  • Acinar cell injury
  • Ductal cell injury
  • Inflammation
  • Systemic injury
  • Biomarkers
  • Diagnosis
  • Pancreatic insufficiency
  • Treatment
  • Quality of life

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Serum Urokinase-Type Plasminogen Activator Receptor Does Not Outperform C-Reactive Protein and Procalcitonin as an Early Marker of Severity of Acute Pancreatitis
J. Clin. Med. 2018, 7(10), 305; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm7100305
Received: 8 August 2018 / Revised: 15 September 2018 / Accepted: 19 September 2018 / Published: 27 September 2018
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Severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) concerns 10–20% of acute pancreatitis (AP) patients and is associated with a poor prognosis and high mortality. An early prognosis of the unfavorable outcome, transfer to an intensive care unit (ICU) and the introduction of an adequate treatment are [...] Read more.
Severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) concerns 10–20% of acute pancreatitis (AP) patients and is associated with a poor prognosis and high mortality. An early prognosis of the unfavorable outcome, transfer to an intensive care unit (ICU) and the introduction of an adequate treatment are crucial for patients’ survival. Recently, the elevated circulating urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) has been reported to predict SAP with a high diagnostic accuracy among patients in a tertiary center. The aim of the study was to compare the diagnostic utility of uPAR and other inflammatory markers as the predictors of the unfavorable course of AP in patients admitted to a secondary care hospital within the first 24 h of the onset of AP. The study included 95 patients, eight with a SAP diagnosis. Serum uPAR was measured on admission and in the two subsequent days. On admission, uPAR significantly predicted organ failure, acute cardiovascular failure, acute kidney injury, the need for intensive care, and death. The diagnostic accuracy of the admission uPAR for the prediction of SAP, organ failure, and ICU transfer or death was low to moderate and did not differ significantly from the diagnostic accuracy of interleukin-6, C-reactive protein, procalcitonin, D-dimer and soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1. In the secondary care hospital, where most patients with AP are initially admitted, uPAR measurements did not prove better than the currently used markers. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pathogenesis and Management of Pancreatitis)

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