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A 29-year-old member asked:

does chronic pancreatitis affect those who do not drink?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Yes: Yes there other causes like certain medication, high triglycerides, bile duct stones etc.
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Absolutely: There are many causes for pancreatitis besides alcohol use. Gall stones, certain medications, cigarette smoking, CF, infection, family history, previous abdominal surgery, abdominal injury - to name a few.

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Can acute pancreatits turn into chronic pancreatitis?

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Yes: Yes. Just avoid whatever triggered the acute.
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A 28-year-old member asked:

Can chronic pancreatitis heal?

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A 25-year-old member asked:

Is there an aftermath of chronic pancreatitis?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Lots: Can cause chronic pain, malnutriition, fatty stools, diabetes. Complex problems requiring complex rx.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What symptoms of chronic pancreatitis are the most important?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
All: Pain can be severe, life-altering, requiring narcotics. Diabetes can be "brittle"-hard to control, with very high and very low levels of blood sugar in the same day, associated with various complications of diabetes. Maldigestion can cause malnutrition, weight loss, osteoporosis, fatty, greasy, foul-smelling stools. Rx is available for all; complex issue.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is treating the chronic pancreatitis done mostly by fasting?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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No: That would just make the malnutrition caused by chronic pancreatitis worse. Chr pancreatitis usually from alcohol; can be painful, can cause diabetes, malabsorption of nutrients, especially fats, fat solvits (a, d, e, k), proteins, carbs, wt loss, osteoporosis, metabolic bone disease. Rx pancreatic supplements, pain relief, sometimes surgery. Acute: rx'd w/bowel rest, supportive care, sometimes surg.

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