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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 1

Pancreatic Calculi among Young Diabetics - An Observational Study


1 Department of Endocrinology, Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic disorders (BIRDEM), Dhaka, Bangladesh
2 Out Patient Department, Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic disorders (BIRDEM), Dhaka, Bangladesh

Correspondence Address:
F Afsana
Department of Endocrinology, Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic disorders (BIRDEM), Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Fibrocalculous pancreatic diabetes (FCPD) is a cause of diabetes seen mainly in developing countries. The study was carried out to observe the prevalence of pancreatic calculi among diabetic subjects attending the outpatient department of BIRDEM and to determine their clinical characteristics. An observational study was carried out at the under thirty (18-30 years) clinic of outpatient department , BIRDEM. Four thousand seven hundred and twenty five subjects were studied who reported to the clinic as newly detected diabetes during the period of 2000 to 2007. All subjects were screened for pancreatic calculi by plain X-Ray abdomen at the 1st visit. Among the total 4725 subjects studied 509 (10.77%) were found to have pancreatic calculi. Mean age of the subjects with pancreatic calculi was 23.02 years. Among them 53% were male, 69.7% had body mass index (BMI) below normal (<18.5 kg/ mÆ) and 27.25% had positive family history of diabetes. An increasing trend was observed in BMI in successive years. Among the subjects with pancreatic calculi 51 (10%) subjects had ketonuria at the time of diagnosis. Subjects with pancreatic calculi present ed with diabetes in early twenties. A good percentage of subjects had family history of diabetes. Though most of them w ere lean, but it was observed that there was an increasing trend of BMI among the under thirty diabetic subjects presenting with pancreatic calculi.


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