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Revision of the Atlanta classification of acute pancreatitis: the editorial perspective
  1. Thomas M Gress1,
  2. Emad M El-Omar2
  3. on behalf of the editorial board of Gut
  1. 1Department of Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Metabolism and Infectiology, Philipps University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany
  2. 2Division of Applied Medicine, School of Medicine & Dentistry, Institute of Medical Sciences, Aberdeen University, Foresterhill, Aberdeen, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Thomas M Gress, Department of Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Metabolism and Infectiology, Philipps University of Marburg, Baldinger Strasse, Marburg 35043, Germany; gress{at}med.uni-marburg.de

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In the present issue of Gut, we publish the revision of the Atlanta classification of acute pancreatitis1 together with two commentaries from expert pancreatologists.2 ,3 Revision of any international classification of disease is always fraught with difficulty and controversy. On behalf of the editorial committee of Gut, we wish to present our journal's perspective on this process.

Most pancreatologists recognised the strong need for revision of the original and long outdated Atlanta classification, which dates back to 1992.4 To revise the …

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