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Is isolated idiopathic pancreatitis associated with CFTR mutations?
  1. N PALLARES-RUIZ,
  2. S CARLES,
  3. M DES GEORGES,
  4. C GUITTARD,
  5. M CLAUSTRES
  1. Laboratoire de Génétique Moléculaire
  2. Institut de Biologie
  3. CHU et IGH-CNRS UPR1142
  4. 34060 Montpellier, France
  5. Hôpital Saint-Eloi
  6. Service d'Hépato-gastro-entérologie
  7. 34000 Montpellier, France
  1. Dr Claustres (email:Mireille.Claustres{at}igh.cnrs.fr).
  1. D LARREY,
  2. G PAGEAUX
  1. Laboratoire de Génétique Moléculaire
  2. Institut de Biologie
  3. CHU et IGH-CNRS UPR1142
  4. 34060 Montpellier, France
  5. Hôpital Saint-Eloi
  6. Service d'Hépato-gastro-entérologie
  7. 34000 Montpellier, France
  1. Dr Claustres (email:Mireille.Claustres{at}igh.cnrs.fr).

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Editor,—In one of two recently published studies which looked at a link between mutations of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene and idiopathic pancreatitis,1 2 Cohn et alestimated that 37% of a cohort of 27 patients with idiopathic pancreatitis had at least one abnormal CFTR gene, which is 11 times the expected frequency.1 Furthermore, the authors concluded that additional CFTR mutations might be detected by more comprehensive DNA testing, because they had tested DNA samples for only 16 of the more than 800 mutations associated with cystic fibrosis.

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