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What is acute vs chronic pancreatitis?

What is acute vs chronic pancreatitis?

Temporary vs.: Permanent damage. Both are mostly due to alcohol abuse and gall stones. Acute pancreatitis may resolve without permanent damage to the organ, whereas chronic pancreatitis by definition is diagnosed when there is permanent damage to the organ. ...Read more

Dr. Tri Huynh
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Chronic Pancreatitis (Definition)

Usually is described as a calcific pancreas in a patient w multiple prior acute episodes, pancreatic insufficiency, and frequently a history of alcoholism.. Pain is ...Read more


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Idiopathic recurrent acute mild chronic pancreatitis CURE ?

Idiopathic recurrent acute mild chronic pancreatitis CURE ?

Unknown.: Idiopathic means that we don't know why it happens. If we don't know why it happens then we cannot make any logical assumption as to how to cure it. Further information could be helpful. Are you diabetic? Are you overweight? What kind of diet do you have? You drink alcohol ever? Is there anything that you eat that seems to make it worse? Do you have high cholesterol or high triglycerides? ...Read more

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What is the difference betwen acute and chronic pancreatitis ?

Differences: Acute pancreatitis starts suddenly and lasts for a relatively short period of time. This does not mean that it isn't dangerous, as it can range from mild to deadly. Chronic pancreatitis is a long-lasting infflamation of the pancreas. It often develops after a bout of acute pancreatitis. ...Read more

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How long (days, weeks, months) does lipase stay elevated from onset of acute or chronic pancreatitis? Is Lipase elevated at end stage of pancreatitis?

How long (days, weeks, months) does lipase stay elevated from onset of acute or chronic pancreatitis? Is Lipase elevated at end stage of pancreatitis?

Lipase: The lipase level is usually elevated in acute pancreatitis, and usually not in chronic pancreatitis. It will usually remain elevated as long as the acute pancreatitis remains active, and usually decreases as the pancreatitis improves. This can take weeks, but usually does not. A lot depends on what is causing the pancreatitis, in addition. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can acute or chronic pancreatitis cause secondary lactose intolerance?

Can acute or chronic pancreatitis cause secondary lactose intolerance?

No: Lactase, the enzyme missing from lactose intolerant people, is normally made and present in the absorptive cells lining the inside of the intestine.The pancreas makes enzymes that are transported to and added to the stuff you are digesting.About a 4th of adults are lactose intolerant. ...Read more

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Can you have acute or chronic pancreatitis without elevated lipase or amylase results in labs?

Can you have acute or chronic pancreatitis without elevated lipase or amylase results in labs?

Chronic: Even in acute pancreatitis, these labs are unreliable, there is the possibility of lab error. Chronic pancreatitis is really more about scarring and injury to nearby structures rather than ongoing tissue damage, and amylase and lipase are usually normal. ...Read more

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In the case of suspected active acute or chronic pancreatitis, do the doctors normally perform ERCP?

In the case of suspected active acute or chronic pancreatitis, do the doctors normally perform ERCP?

Sometimes: ERCP can be therapeutic in the management of some biliary pancreatitis, pancreatitis due to small stones, some types of sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, some cancers, and ascariasis infection. It is less important in diagnosis than it used to be due to the availablility of less invasive methods. ...Read more

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How does serum glucose normally fluctuate during activie phases of acute or chronic pancreatitis? Does glucose get elevated AFTER pancreatitis ends?

Sugar: Your sugars can be very sporadic and and change upward or downward, with pancreatitis, but normally it will go up. As your pancreas is damaged, so are the cells that produce insulin and therefore your sugar my elevate. ...Read more

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Can acute pancreatits turn into chronic pancreatitis?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Ralph Layman
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Pancreatitis (Definition)

Pancreatitis is an inflammation or infection of the pancreas, causing abnormal secretions or leakage of the digestive enzymes ...Read more