Ladislav Kužela, Marian Oltman
Acute pancreatitis remains a disease characterized by significant morbidity and mortality. The diagnosis is usually suspected based on compatible clinical features including abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. The clinical suspicion of acute pancreatitis is supported by the finding of elevations in serum amylase and/or lipase levels. The diagnosis of acute pancreatitis, if in doubt, is best corroborated by imaging tests, particularly computed tomography that can confirm the diagnosis, exclude alternative diagnoses, determine severity and identify complications.
Key words :acute pancreatitis, diagnosis, amylase, lipase, computed tomography