- Short-term survival rates after severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) are excellent for patients aged
Why this matters
- Preventing continued alcohol abuse after SAP could increase long-term survival, especially in young, otherwise healthy patients.
- Researchers studied the health records of consecutive patients treated for SAP in a university hospital intensive care unit (N=435; 78.6% aged
- Funding: Helsinki University.
- OS was 82.1% (357 patients) at 90 days, but varied by age group:
- 60-69 years, 60.3% (38 patients).
- ≥70 years, 43.3% (13 patients).
- Estimated 10-year survival rates were 60 years.
- For more than half of patients (57.1%) who died after 90 days, the underlying cause of death was alcohol-related.
- The study was retrospective and single centre.
- Data were not available on disease severity, organ-specific failures, or survivor QoL.