Prognostic evaluation of severity of acute pancreatitis: not as black as it is painted

Michal Lipinski, Grazyna Rydzewska


Acute pancreatitis (AP) is a systemic disease involving acute inflammation of the pancreatic gland due to premature activation of pancreatic proenzymes and different degree of damage to the adjacent tissues and sometimes more distant organs. An increasing trend is observed with the incidence of AP approximately 72 cases/100,000 inhabitants per year (1).