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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Enzyme activation: Hypercalcemia appears to cause pancreatitis through two mechanisms. These are: 1. Decreased secretion of digestive enzymes into the gut so that they accumulate in the pancreatic cells. 2. Increased activation of these enzymes within the cells where they start digesting the pancreas. Alcohol intake, gallstones, obesity and high triglycerides can all make acute pancreatitis more likely. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chronic IS Acute.: Chronic pancreatitis is actually a misnomer. It is repeated bouts of acute pancreatitis (acute pancreatitis episodes one after the other = chronic pancreatitis). If the first attack of pancreatitis provoked (alcohol, gallstone), & the cause is not addressed, then the 1st bout of acute pancreatitis can turn into chronic pancreatitis very quickly. ...Read more
Chronic pancreatitis: Interesting question. Chronic pancreatitis per se does not cause gastric ulcers, but the level of physiologic stress caused by the disease can certainly be a causative factor. Judging by your history of chronic pancreatitis, abdominal pain and diarrhea you should be on some form of gastric acid blocker such as Omeprazole and also pancreatic enzyme supplements. ...Read more
Pancreatitis : It depend which etiology we are dealing with. If it is related to stone disease for instance this can dealt with ERCP and stone extraction, if it is related to chronic pancreatitis, this might require more time and effort, including investigation. You need to see a pancreas expert. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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