Nadkami et al identified a number of cardiac factors predictive of mortality in a patient with acute pancreatitis. The authors are from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India.


Patient selection: acute pancreatitis


Risk factors for mortality:

(1) diastolic dysfunction, especially if severe

(2) prolonged QTc interval (>= 440 ms)

(3) pericardial effusion



• Alcohol was the underlying factor in 56% of patients. This raises the possibility of alcohol-related cardiomyopathy.


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