Alcholic Pancreatitis and Polymorphisms of the Variable Length Polythymidine Tract in the Cystic Fibrosis Gene

Background: The observation that only a minority of alcoholics develops clinical pancreatic disease has led to a search for a predisposing factor to the disease. One possible predisposing factor is mutation of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene as cystic fibrosis leads to pancreatic injury.

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