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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 8, Issue 5, Pages 319-322
Brief Communication

Nonalcoholic Chronic Pancreatitis with Pancreatic Calcification: Presenting Manifestation of Occult Celiac Disease

Hugh J Freeman and J Scott Whittaker

Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology), University Hospital and University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Received 31 January 1994; Accepted 8 February 1994

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A 62-year-old Canadian Caucasian female with nonalcoholic chronic pancreatitis, diabetes, exocrine failure and pancreatic calcification presented with weight loss, diarrhea and peripheral edema. Subsequent investigations revealed celiac disease that was responsive to a gluten-free diet. Calcification in the pancreas may reflect impaired absorption with severe protein-energy malnutrition and may be the initial presenting feature of occult celiac disease.