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Chronic pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that does not heal or improve—it gets worse over time and leads to permanent damage. Chronic pancreatitis eventually impairs a patient’s ability to digest food and make pancreatic hormones.

Symptoms of chronic pancreatitis
Symptoms of chronic pancreatitis

Common signs and symptoms of chronic pancreatitis include severe upper abdominal pain that can sometimes travel along the back and is more intense following a meal, as well as nausea and vomiting, more commonly occurring during episodes of pain.

As the condition progresses, the episodes of pain become more frequent and severe. Some individuals will experience constant abdominal pain.

As chronic pancreatitis progresses, and the ability of the pancreas to produce digestive juices deteriorates, the following symptoms may appear:

Eventually, the pancreas may not be able to produce insulin at all, leading to type 1 diabetes, which can produce the following symptoms:

 

Causes of chronic pancreatitis
Causes of chronic pancreatitis

Whereas there are causes of chronic pancreatitis that are unknown; several factors have been identified to cause chronic pancreatitis:

Diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis
Diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis

Since there are no specific tests done to diagnose chronic pancreatitis but below are some of the common tests done to detect swelling and inflammation in the pancreas.

Treatment of chronic pancreatitis

Early diagnosis and treatment are important to ease a person’s life and the right treatment can help save or slow the damage done to the pancreas.