Autoimmune pancreatitis care at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic specialists offer personalized treatment for people with autoimmune pancreatitis. Your care team works together to deliver exactly the care you need.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

An experienced team of gastroenterologists, endoscopists, pathologists, radiologists and surgeons works together to provide multidisciplinary care for those with autoimmune pancreatitis. Other professionals are included as needed.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

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 international guidelines for diagnosing AIP, which incorporate criteria originally developed at Mayo Clinic. Mayo researchers have also described outcomes of treatment with different steroid-sparing agents to guide treatment decisions in patients with relapsing disease.

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.

Expertise and rankings

Though it's a rare condition, Mayo Clinic is a leading center for the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune pancreatitis. Mayo treats more than 1,000 people each year for chronic pancreatitis and related conditions, including autoimmune pancreatitis.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/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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