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A 36-year-old member asked:

can acute pancreatits turn into chronic pancreatitis?

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Dr. Michael Shim
Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Yes: Yes. Just avoid whatever triggered the acute.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Depends: Acute pancreatitis from gallstones generally does not turn into chronic pancreatitis. Chronic pancreatitis, associated with diabetes, chronic pain after eating, maldigestion of fats can occur after bouts of alcohol-induced acute pancreatitis;high triglyceride (>1000) panc'itis can also. Got stones? Get gb out; high tg-diet and meds. Alcohol-don't drink. Preg related?: see md for individual rx.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

Can chronic pancreatitis heal?

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Dr. Michael Shim
Gastroenterology 20 years experience
No: It will not heal but can prevent worsening by avoiding certain toxins like alcohol, tobacco, and certain drugs.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Is there an aftermath of chronic pancreatitis?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
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
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
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.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What can I do for chronic pancreatitis?

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Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 20 years experience
Treat symptoms: For chronic pancreatitis there are a number of steps to take. First you must avoid things that exacerbate the condition. Alcohol, fatty foods, high serum lipids, certain medicines must all be avoided. If you have a history of gallstones your gallbladder should be removed. If you have large pseudo cysts you. An have them drained with surgery. There are other surgical procedures for more severe.

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