A 48-year-old female asked:
i've been diagnosed with a inflamed pancreas. what type of doctor specializes in this kind of treatment? will i have to live with this the rest of my life? can it be cured?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Beth Schrope answered
33 years experience General Surgery
This : This condition is called pancreatitis. This can be divided into two subcategories, acute and chronic pancreatitis. Acute pancreatitis is most commonly caused by gallstones and alcoholism. There are many other causes, including drug reaction, infection, trauma, or a complication of a procedure. It can range from mild to life-threatening. Acute inflammaton of the pancreas can cause digestive enzymes to leak out of the pancreas and "digest" the surrounding tissue, which can lead to a very severe illness. If the pancreas or surrounding tissue becomes infected, surgery may be necessary to clean the infection. Treatment involves supporting the patient's body systems through the illness, determing the cause, and treating the cause if possible (removing the gallbladder, stopping certain medications, etc.). Chronic pancreatitis often leads to chronic abdominal pain, digestive problems, and rarely insulin-dependent diabetes. There are many causes of this as well, including genetic conditions, anatomic abnormailities, or sometimes we cannot determine the cause. Treatment of this disease is usually aimed at controlling the symptoms, with pain management, digestive enzyme pills, or insulin. Sometimes patients enjoy stretches of time without symptoms; sometimes the symptoms become disabling. A gastroenterologist specializing in pancreas diseases is a good place to start, or a search for a multidisciplinary pancreatic disease center.
Answered on Jan 5, 2018
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha answered
38 years experience Psychiatry
Your PCP may be able: To treat your symptoms depending on his/get expertise. Otherwise may refer you to a gastroenterologist or endocrinologist depending on his/her concerns.
Answered on Nov 17, 2014
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