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I have had chronic pancreatitis for 2 years. It is not hereditary, not an alcoholic. 8 attacks I have 2 cysts on my pancreas. What are my options?

I have had chronic pancreatitis for 2 years. It is not hereditary, not an alcoholic. 8 attacks I have 2 cysts on my pancreas. What are my options?

Depends: On cause of the cysts (post pancreatitis are benign) and evolution/size. If true cysts, size over 3cm or central location in pancreas are worrisome. Could be premalignant. As for the cause of pancreatitis, look for stones or congenital issues such as pancreas divi sum. Hope this helps :). ...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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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

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What are the symptoms of chronic pancreatitis?

What are the symptoms of chronic pancreatitis?

Pain: Abdominal pain is usually the most prominent symptom, which is usually worst 30-60 minutes after eating a meal. Other symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, and oily diarrhea. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of chronic pancreatitis?

What are the symptoms of chronic pancreatitis?

Pain, sometimes: Severe, malabsorption, glucose intolerance are main effects of chronic pancreatitis. Symptoms would depend on severity of each condition. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is chronic pancreatitis?

Chronic pancreatitis: Chronic pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that does not heal or improve. This inflammation can cause damage to the pancreas causing it to not work properly. People with chronic pancreatitis can have chronic abdominal pain and should eat a diet low in fat. They should also consider taking pancreatic enzyme supplements (if recommended by a physician). ...Read more

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