Calcium channel blockers and biliary pancreatitis

Department of Gastroenterology and Alimentary Tract Surgery, Tampere University Hospital, Tampere, Finland.
Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology (Impact Factor: 2.36). 10/2010; 46(2):253-4. DOI: 10.3109/00365521.2010.525719
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