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CT Severity Index (Balthazar Score) in Acute Pancreatitis

Purpose:

To use the CT severity index to assess the severity of acute pancreatitis.

Specialty:

Gastroenterology

Objective:

severity, prognosis, stage

ICD-10:

K85

Description:

On computed tomographic (CT) scanning of the abdomen can be used to determine the severity of acute pancreatitis and to determine a patient's prognosis. Contrast enhanced CT scans can be used to assess pancreatic necrosis, since loss of perfusion consequent to necrosis results in reduce enhancement. 

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