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A 37-year-old female asked:

what causes pancreatitis?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Many causes: In pancreatitis, enzymes become activated while still in the pancreas, irritating pancreatic cells, causing inflammation and signs and symptoms associated with pancreatitis.Many causes: alcoholism, gallstones, abdominal surgery, certain medications, cigarette smoking, high triglycerides, hypercalcemia, family history of pancreatitis, high levels of hyperparathyroidism, infection, trauma, cystic fibrosis.
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 37 years experience
Many causes: Alcohol, gallstones, elevated lipids in the blood, some drugs, trauma, and congenital conditions account for most cases of pancreatitis.
Dr. Eric Potter
Integrative Medicine 22 years experience
Few common causes: The most common causes are gallstones, chronic alcohol use, high triglycerides, and a few different medications.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What would be the most likely cause for pancreatitis?

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Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 20 years experience
Gallstones, alcohol: In the U.S. The most common causes of acute pancreatitis are gallstones or alcohol. Other common causes are high blood lipids or certain medications. I always tell my patients that sometimes alcohol even in reasonable amounts can cause pancreatitis. It doesn't always have to occur in alcoholics.
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A 62-year-old member asked:

What causes episodes of pancreatitis?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Many causes. : Common causes to pancreatitis include elevated triglycerides, alcohol consumption, and gall stones. This is a serious condition that requires immediate treatment.
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A 25-year-old male asked:

How does hypercalcaemia cause pancreatitis?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Pancreatitis causes: Hypercalcemia (h) is not a known cause of acute pancreatitis (p). P is most commonly caused by alcoholism or gall stones. Other causes can be due to drugs and high triglyceride levels. H, however, is not recognized as a cause of p.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Will taking certain medications cause pancreatitis?

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Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Pancreatitis : Yes some medications can give pancreatitis. However we always like to rule out stone disease and alcohol.
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A 56-year-old female asked:

How does pancreatitis act? Does it cause bloating?

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Dr. Jay Yepuri
Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Not typically: Most common manifestations of pancreatitis include abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

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