Course # DL-956: Patty Pancreas

by Martha Kunkel, CLS (Retired) - UCD Medical Center - Sacramento, CA

Approved for 2.0 CE
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate


Pancreatic function and diseases will be discussed as a two part series. The first part in the series will cover the exocrine functions and the second part in the series will discuss the endocrine functions. In this part there will be a general review of the physiology/ pathophysiology of the pancreas. Three case histories will be presented representing each of the major exocrine dysfunctions of the pancreas: acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, and pancreatic carcinoma.


After completing this course the participant will be able to:
1. Outline the major exocrine functions and physiology of each.
2. Explain the role of trypsin in the development of acute pancreatitis.
3. Explain the laboratory values found with each pancreatic disease entity and the pathophysiology.
4. List the most common causes of acute and chronic pancreatitis.
5. Discuss the use of cancer markers in the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.


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