Masterclass Program on Pancreatic Diseases and Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency


Masterclass Program on Pancreatic Diseases and Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency

Endorsed by

University Hospital of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Director: Prof. J. Enrique Domínguez-Muñoz

Scientific Rationale

Knowledge of the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic diseases has increased importantly over the last years. Together with improvement in imaging procedures such as CT scan and MRI, the development of endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) has made pancreatic biopsy for histological diagnosis of pancreatic diseases feasible. EUS-associated techniques, such as elastography and contrast enhancement, have also improved the diagnostic yield of EUS for pancreatic diseases. Pancreatic function tests have also further developed, and the endoscopic secretin pancreatic function test and the 13C-MTG breath test are now ready for research and clinical practice.


Pancreatic exocrine insufficiency is a frequent but clearly underdiagnosed life-threatening condition, which is the consequence of different pancreatic as well as extrapancreatic diseases. Chronic pancreatitis, as one of the most relevant causes of pancreatic exocrine insufficiency, is most likely underdiagnosed too, and the diagnosis of the disease at early stages is a clinical challenge. Recognition of pancreatic exocrine insufficiency and its causes, and the appropriate therapeutic approach to this condition have a relevant clinical impact on prevention of complications and mortality.


Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) has evolved in recent years into a technique with a major clinical impact in the management of pancreatic diseases. EUS also provides guidance for fine-needle aspiration and biopsy, allowing for the preoperative diagnosis of pancreatic lesions. In addition, several new diagnostic techniques associated with EUS have being developed over the last years, including EUS-guided elastography and contrast-enhanced EUS that are very useful for the differential diagnosis of solid lesions. These techniques are becoming essential in clinical routine. EUS-guided therapy is also increasing in terms of new indications, such as drainage procedures, tumour ablation, and injection techniques, such as celiac plexus neurolysis.


The Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology of the University Hospital of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, is a reference center for the diagnosis and therapy of pancreatic diseases, as well as for education and development in endoscopic ultrasound.


The Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology of the University Hospital of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, together with the International Center for Education and development in Gastroenterology is organizing Masterclass Programs on Pancreatic Diseases since 2005. These programs are being attended by Gastroenterologists, Surgeons and Dietitians of many different countries all around the world including Europe, America and Asia.


Prof. Domínguez-Muñoz is an internationally well-known expert in pancreatic function and pancreatic diseases. He has developed and optimized several pancreatic function tests, among them the 13C-mixed triglyceride breath test that is shown during the Masterclass. Dr. Iglesias-García is an internationally well-known expert in advanced endoscopic ultrasound as well as in pancreatic diseases. The group has published a large number of original articles and reviews on the topics being presented and discussed at the Masterclass program.

Main aims of the program

Theoretical Modules

  • To provide the current knowledge on the concept, diagnostic and therapeutic management of pancreatic diseases.


  • To promote the acquisition of advance knowledge on pancreatic exocrine insufficiency in terms of concept, pathophysiology, etiology, clinical relevance, diagnosis and treatment for clinical practice.


Practical Modules

  • To deepen in the knowledge of diagnostic and therapeutic management of patients with pancreatic diseases, including acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, cystic pancreatic tumors and pancreatic cancer.


  • To learn the use and indications of advanced imaging technologies, such as endoscopic ultrasound, elastography and contrast-enhanced endoscopic ultrasound for the diagnosis and characterization of chronic pancreatitis, and solid and cystic pancreatic tumors.


  • • To get insights into the use of 13C-MTG breath test for the diagnosis of pancreatic exocrine insufficiency in clinical practice.

Content of the theoretical program

Acute Pancreatitis:

  • Guidelines
  • Management of wall-off necrosis

Chronic Pancreatitis:

  • Early diagnosis
  • What to do after the diagnosis?
  • Clinical protocol for a adequate follow-up

Pancreatic Cancer:

  • Differential diagnosis of solid pancreatic masses
  • The role of the Gastroenterologist in the management of Pancreatic Cancer

Cystic tumors:

  • Differential diagnosis and management

Pancreatic exocrine insufficiancy:

  • Concept, pathophysiology, causes
  • Clinical relevance
  • Diagnosis in clinical practice
  • Treatment

Content of Live Demonstrations

  • Management of patients with pancreatic diseases
  • EUS-based multimodal test for the diagnosis of early chronic pancreatitis
  • Differential diagnosis of solid pancreatic tumors by EUS
  • EUS-elastography
  • EUS-contrast enhancement
  • Characterization of cystic tumors
  • Celiac Plexus Neurolysis for pain in pancreatic cancer
  • 13C-MTG breath test

Faculty Team

Faculty Team

The Masterclass Program on Pancreatic Diseases and Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency is supported by:


ICEDIG partner - Abbot

Next Dates

18 – 21 September – Spain

Last dates 2023

  • January, 23th -25th, Spain
  • March, 8th – 9th, United Kingdom
  • March, 22th – 23th, Italy
  • April, 12th – 13th, Germany
  • May 10th – 11st – United Kingdom
  • May 24th – 25th – Netherlands
  • May 29th – 31st – Spain
Last Dates


  • February, 21st – 23th – Spain
  • May, 4th –  5th – Europe
  • May, 18th – 19th – Europe
  • September, 28th – 29th – Europe
  • October 5th – 6th – Italy
  • October 26th – 27th – Europe
  • November 9th – 10th – Europe
  • November 28th – 30th – Spain
  • December 14th – 15th – Germany


  • September, 13th – 15th – Spain
  • September, 23th-24th – United Kingdom
  • October 14th – 15th – Germany
  • October, 29th – 30 – Netherland
  • November 10th-12th – Belgium
  • November 24th-26th – Portugal
  • December 1st- 3th- France


  • February, 10th-12th. Spain
  • February, 20th-21st. United Kingdom


  • January, 24th-25th. UK
  • February, 4th-6th. Spain
  • March 7th-8th – UK
  • March 21th-22th – UK
  • April 1st-5th – Ecuador
  • April 8th-10th – Spain
  • April 25th-26th – UK
  • May 9th-10th  – UK
  • May 20th-22th – Spain
  • May 27th-31st – Colombia
  • June 6th-  7th – Europe
  • September 4th-6th – Gulf
  • September 23th-25th – China
  • September 26th-27th – Europe
  • October 9th-11th – UK
  • November 4th.8th – Argentina
  • November 13th-15th – Switzerland


  • Jannuary, 24th-25th. UK
  • January, 29th-31th. Spain
  • February, 8th-9th. UK
  • February, 15th-16th. UK
  • February, 26th-28th.  Spain
  • March, 8th-9th. UK
  • March, 12th-14th. Spain
  • March, 22th-23th. UK
  • April, 2th-6th. Ecuador
  • April 19th-20th. UK
  • April 23th-27th. Colombia
  • May 3th-4th. UK
  • June 28th-29th. Europe
  • 10-14 September 10-14 Argentina
  • September 24-26 Spain
  • September 28th.
  • October 17-19 Europe
  • November 15-16 Europe
  • November 26-27 Europe



  • February, 16th-17th, UK
  • March, 2nd-3rd, UK
  • March, 6th-10th, Ecuador
  • March, 16th-17th, UK
  • March, 20th-22th, Spain
  • March, 30th-31th, UK
  • April, 17th-21th, Colombia
  • May, 19th, Spain
  • June, 19th-23th, Colombia
  • July, 3rd-7th, Argentina
  • October, 16th-18th Spain
  • November, 9th-10th, UK

Contact us if none of the planned locations / dates fit you


Accommodation can be reserved by the technical secretariat of the Masterclass program upon request.

Practical Information

  • Venue:
    Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
    University Hospital of Santiago de Compostela. 
    C/Choupana, s/n, 15706, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.


  • Duration
    Program of two, three and five days are available


  • Number of participants:
    Each program is designed for six (5 days program) to eight (2-3 days program) participants.


Mrs. Paula Otero
Tel: +34-981 951 364
Fax: +34-981 955 100


Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology


University Hospital of Santiago de Compostela
C/Choupana, s/n, 15706, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Additional information


April, 2nd-6th, 2018, Ecuador, April, 19th-20th, 2018, UK, April, 23th-27th, 2018, Colombia, May, 3rd-4th, 2018, UK, September, 10th-14th, 2018, South America, September, 24th-26th, 2018, Spain, October, 17th-19th, 2018, November, 21st-23rd, 2018

Masterclass Program on Pancreatic Diseases and Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency



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