BACKGROUND/AIMS To identify the number and potential causes of unnecessary diagnostic procedures in a cohort of patients with autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP). METHODS All AIP cases at our centre between April 2006 and April 2013 were collected and followed up. Diagnosis was established by the International Consensus Diagnostic Criteria (ICDC). Demographic, clinical, radiological, serological data, the number of diagnostic procedures and the reason for referral were recorded. Possible risk factors for a delayed diagnosis of AIP were analysed. RESULTS A total of 29 patients (median age 60 years; 22 males and 7 females) were diagnosed with AIP using ICDC. Twenty-five patients were diagnosed with definite, 2 with possible type 1 AIP and 2 with type 2 AIP. In 29 patients, 50 ERCPs and 18 EUS were carried out; based on ICDC recommendations, a total of 20 ERCPs and 4 EUS were unnecessary diagnostic procedures. Eight patients (23.0%) were referred for unnecessary surgery. Jaundice was shown to be a significant risk factor for unnecessary endoscopic investigations (OR 11.00, 95% CI 1.14-106.43, p = 0.04). CONCLUSION Diagnosis of AIP still remains a challenge. Patients with jaundice are at particular risk of being subjected to unnecessary endoscopic procedures. Use of ICDC would help avoid unnecessary examinations or even major surgeries at times.