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Chronic pancreatitis fatal?

Chronic pancreatitis fatal?

Sort of: Chronic pancreatitis is a serious illness with a 50% mortality rate over 20-25 years. People with garden variety chronic pancreatitis do not have an appreciable increase in incidence of pancreatic cancer; however, the small number of people with hereditary pancreatitis have a 40% life time risk of cancer of pancreas. ...Read more

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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

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What cause fatty liver in chronic alcoholism?

What cause fatty liver in chronic alcoholism?

Multiple mechanisms: Mobilization of fat from tissues, depression of protein synthesis in the liver, nutritional deficiencies in chronic alcoholics and direct alcoholic liver injury contribute to accumulation of fat in the liver that may progress to cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What defines chronic pancreatitis?

What defines chronic pancreatitis?

Irreversible changes: Chronic pancreatitis is defined by irreversible changes in the pancrease (pancrelipase) such as fibrosis. This causes poor function and problems with digestion and blood sugar conrol. ...Read more

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Pathophysiology of liver cirrhosis?

Pathophysiology of liver cirrhosis?

See below: Scar tissue in the liver as a result of different kinds of injuries. The significance is related to the chronicity for the injury and especially whether the injury is ongoing. ...Read more

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Could pancreatitis induced ards?

Yes: During the early phase of severe acute pancreatitis, factors are released into the bloodstream that depress the function of many organs in the body, including the lungs. In extreme cases, ARDS may develop. ...Read more

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Is primary biliary cirrhosis hereditary?

Is primary biliary cirrhosis hereditary?

Basically no: There's a pair of genes that carry the ability to develop the disease and these run in families, but it's not inherited like sickle cell, huntington's or some of the other familiar entities. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/151640.php. ...Read more

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Does chronic pancreatitis lead to pancreatic cancer?

Does chronic pancreatitis lead to pancreatic cancer?

Usually not: Chronic pancreatitis by itself is a serious illness with a 50% mortality rate over 20-25 years. People with garden variety chronic pancreatitis do not have an appreciable increase in incidence of pancreatic cancer; however, the small number of people with hereditary pancreatitis have a 40% life time risk of cancer of pancreas. ...Read more

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Is nonalcoholic steatohepatitis terminal? Is cirrhosis inevitable?

Is nonalcoholic steatohepatitis terminal?  Is cirrhosis inevitable?

Not terminal: Nonalcoholic fatty liver is not terminal but in time can develop into cirrhosis and can morph into very serious liver disease. It's important to avoid any potential liver toxins including alcohol and to adhere to low fat diet. In recent years it is taken much more seriously and should be followed by a hepatologist or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Is nonalcoholic steatohepatitis terminal? Is cirrhosis inevitable?

Is nonalcoholic steatohepatitis terminal? Is cirrhosis inevitable?

No: Steatohepatitis is reversible. Not easy, but you need to lose weight, reduce your intake of fats, if you are diabetic, control diabetes, exercise. Get vaccination for hepatitis A and B. Consult this site for more information and see a gastroenterologist. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-nash-overview ...Read more

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Can lupus cause non-alcoholic fatty liver?

Can lupus cause non-alcoholic fatty liver?

Autoimmune hepatitis: Lupus is associated with autoimmune hepatitis, not nash (non-alcoholic fatty liver). Nash is commonly see in settings of obesity, excessive alcohol intake, diabetes, high cholesterol. Both entities can occur together when respective risk factors for both exist. ...Read more

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Could alcoholism or alcohol abuse cause hiv?

Could alcoholism or alcohol abuse cause hiv?

No it cannot cause: Hiv. However, it might lead to unprotected sex, which could lead to hiv, since people's judgement is impaired and they are less inhibited under the influence of alcohol. ...Read more

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Is hepatic steatosis caused by alcoholism?

Is hepatic steatosis caused by alcoholism?

It can be: Hepatic steatosis (fatty liver) can be caused by both alcohol use and having an unhealthy diet & being obese. In fact, the most common cause of fatty liver disease in the US is poor diet & lifestyle. The disease that includes this cause is NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease). ...Read more

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How can alcohol-induced liver cirrhosis form?

How can  alcohol-induced liver cirrhosis form?

See below: Alcohol is toxic to the liver fat accumulates in the liver when drinking occurs this progresses to alcoholic helpatis and then to cirrhosis cirrhosis leads to nodules shich have no resemblacne to normal lobules of the liver-and it is all because the liver detoxifies alcohol and this alcohol is itsef toxic to the llvier cells. ...Read more

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What is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (or nafld)?

See below: This is a disease where fat is abnormally deposited in the liver. It can lead to inflammation and ultimately cirrhosis. It is the most common liver disease in the US and is related to obesity, diabetes, elevated triglycerides and genetics. ...Read more

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Idiopathic pancreatitis and sgot sgpt elevation?

Idiopathic pancreatitis and sgot sgpt elevation?

Workup: If available, get a proper genetic workup even if no one else in the family is affected. If your amylase is high but lipase normal and there is nothing on imaging pointing to the pancreas, this may be macroamylasemia. If the pancreatitis is real, checking the cystic fibrosis and trypsinogen loci is indicated. This may be one piece in the puzzle. Be persistent. ...Read more

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Is alcoholism and addiction hereditary?

Is alcoholism and addiction hereditary?

Absolutely: Irrefutable evidence from multiple different methods support both a biologic basis and a genetic basis (including but not limited to hereditary factors) in addictions. Eric Nestler, MD, PhD is the world's leader in this arena and has many great review articles. ...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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