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Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 758947, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/758947
Case Report

Arsenic-Induced Pancreatitis

Division of Gastroenterology, West Penn Allegheny Health System, 1307 Federal Street, Suite 301, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, USA

Received 16 June 2011; Accepted 10 July 2011

Academic Editors: R. Kochhar and F. H. Mourad

Copyright © 2011 Sean Connelly et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The introduction of all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and arsenic trioxide has brought about tremendous advancement in the treatment of acute promyelocytic myelogenous leukemia (APML). In most instances, the benefits of these treatments outweigh the risks associated with their respective safety profiles. Although acute pancreatitis is not commonly associated with arsenic toxicity, it should be considered as a possible side effect. We report a case of arsenic-induced pancreatitis in a patient with APML.