J Korean Neurol Assoc.  2003 Dec;21(6):655-657.

Encephalopathy in a Patient with Pancreatitis: Pancreatic Encephalopathy

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neurology, College of Medicine, Cheju National University, Korea. neurokang@cheju.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Neurology, Cheju National University Hospital, Korea.

Abstract

Pancreatic encephalopathy is a rare complication of acute pancreatitis. We report a 80-year-old woman who, after an acute episode of pancreatitis, developed a fluctuating confusion and clouded consciousness. She experienced two relapses with alternating encephalopathic features. Serum amylase was highly increased and symptoms were relieved in accord with normalized amylase value. We suggest that this encephalopathic features may be related with pancreatitis.

Keyword

Encephalopathy; Pancreatitis; Amylase

MeSH Terms

Aged, 80 and over
Amylases
Consciousness
Female
Humans
Pancreatitis*
Recurrence
Amylases
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