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Are all pancreatic lesions responsive to steroid therapy in autoimmune pancreatitis?
  1. K Hirano,
  2. M Tada,
  3. N Sasahira,
  4. T Tsujino,
  5. H Isayama,
  6. T Kawabe,
  7. M Omata
  1. Department of Gastroenterology, University of Tokyo, Japan
  1. Dr K Hirano, Department of Gastroenterology, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8655, Japan; khirano-tky{at}umin.ac.jp

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We read with great interest the recent study by Moon et al (Gut 2008;57:1704–12). We also feel from our experience that a steroid trial is a useful method for the diagnosis of autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) in cases in which differential diagnosis is difficult. It seemed a little undesirable, however, to diagnose all pancreatic lesions responsive to steroid as AIP in their study. According to a European …

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