Autoimmune pancreatitis care at Mayo Clinic

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic is a leading center for the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune pancreatitis. Mayo treats close to 2,200 people each year for pancreatitis, including autoimmune pancreatitis.
  • Diagnosis leader. Mayo Clinic doctors have led efforts to establish diagnostic guidelines for autoimmune pancreatitis, to help distinguish the disease from pancreatic cancer and prevent unnecessary surgery. Mayo researchers were instrumental in efforts to standardize the diagnostic guidelines, which incorporate criteria originally developed at Mayo Clinic.
  • Expertise. Mayo specialists have unique expertise in endoscopic core needle biopsy, a procedure that allows them to obtain samples of pancreatic tissue for analysis without surgery. This procedure allows them to make a definitive diagnosis of AIP type 2.
  • Active research. Mayo Clinic has played a major role in identifying and describing this newly recognized disorder and in evaluating treatment.
  • Team approach. An experienced team of gastroenterologists, endoscopists, pathologists, radiologists and surgeons works together to provide accurate diagnosis and comprehensive and coordinated treatment for people with autoimmune pancreatitis.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for digestive disorders.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Dec. 20, 2014