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Can I die from pancreatitis if I ignore it?

Can I die from pancreatitis if I ignore it?

Yes: Pancreatitis is a particularly dangerous condition. Despite best medical treatment, some cases can lead to death. When you have pancreatitis, enzymes that normally digest food are released in the abdomen and start digesting the body from the inside. This causes an intense reaction to contain the spill. ...Read more

Dr. Ralph Layman
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Pancreatitis (Definition)

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


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Chonic pancreatitis: how many ppl die in a year due to this? How many are diagnosed in a year. Can this shut down other organs?

Chonic pancreatitis: how many ppl die in a year due to this? How many are diagnosed in a year. Can this shut down other organs?

Varies on the cause: "Chronic" pancreatitis is a misnomer. The disease is actually recurrent attacks of (acute) pancreatitis. Every attack is different & has a different severity. Acute pancreatitis can affect other organs: when inflamed, pancreas releases digestive enzymes inside the body (instead of the intestines, 4 food). The organs get digested instead. 9 of 200,000 ppl have it, only 20-30% survive 10 yrs from Dx ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone die from pancreatitis with early stage liver failure?

Yes: The pancreatitis can create an additonal stress on the liver leading to further damage. With both organs then working poorly the body becomes susceptible to infection. This scenario can be difficult to predict and the best indication for recory are what happens in the first couple of weeks of the illness. ...Read more

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Mother has a 2nd bout of pancreatitis. Cause is unknown. Severe pain. She has diabetes & obese. Nausea. Meds not helping pain. Should we worry death?

Mother has a 2nd bout of pancreatitis. Cause is unknown. Severe pain. She has diabetes & obese. Nausea. Meds not helping pain. Should we worry death?

See GI doctor: While acute pancreatitis can be life threatening during a severe episode, it sounds like she may have features of chronic pancreatitis. Does she still have her gallbladder in? I assume she is not smoking or drinking alcohol but these are other risk factors. A GI doc can help evaluate causes to prevent repeat episodes, and she may benefit from a pain management clinic evaluation. Wishing the best! ...Read more

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What is pancreatitis?

Bad Trouble!: Pancreatitis is known as one of the most painful conditions. The name refers to a state of inflammation of the pancreas. The common causes or viral infection, alcohol irritation, triglyceride irritation, and infrequently from a bile stone. Another common cause is simply "unknown" or idiopathic in medical jargon. Treatment is usually pain meds, antibiotics and IV fluids. Nothing by mouth. ...Read more

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What is pancreatitis?

Inflammation: Pancreatitis is inflammation of an abdominal organ involved in secretion of digestive enzymes and insulin ...Read more

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What causes pancreatitis?

What causes pancreatitis?

Many causes: Alcohol, gallstones, elevated lipids in the blood, some drugs, trauma, and congenital conditions account for most cases of pancreatitis. ...Read more

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Symptoms of pancreatitis?

Acute pancreatitis: Upper abdominal pain abdominal pain that radiates to your back abdominal pain that feels worse after eating nausea vomiting tenderness when touching the abdomen. ...Read more

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Symptoms of pancreatitis?

Pain: Most commonly people have pain just below the end of the breastbone. It can "stab" right thru to the back. Also people commonly complain of nausea after eating. ...Read more

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What causes pancreatitis ?

Few common causes: The most common causes are gallstones, chronic alcohol use, high triglycerides, and a few different medications. ...Read more

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How can I treat pancreatitis?

How can I treat pancreatitis?

Bowel Rest: Pancreatitis is usually treated by allowing nothing to be taken by mouth, adequate fluid administration and pain medication, usually given intravenously. Because it is diagnosed by way of blood tests and x-rays, i think it is safe to assume that most people cannot diagnose it on their own, but if you have any suspicion of having it, i'd say go straight to an emergency room. ...Read more

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How dangerous is pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis : It can be very dangerous depending on the severity. ...Read more

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What is chemical pancreatitis?

Can mean different: Things to different persons. Some docs refer to a chemical pancreatitis as an abnormal elevation in serum pancreatic enzyme testing(amylase/lipase) without clinical signs like nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain(clinical pancreatitis). Some doctors refer to a chemic pancreatitis as pancreatitis that is due to a chemical exposure. I've seen it used both ways. ...Read more

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Can pancreatitis be hereditary?

Hereditary Pancreatitis: Sure. The gene responsible is the trypsinogen gene on chromosome #7. ...Read more

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What does pancreatitis feel like?

Pancreatitis pain: Typical acute pancreatitis pain is in the upper part of the abdomen, sharp, and severe in intensity. The pain may feel like it is moving directly to the back. Nausea and vomiting is common. A fever can also accompany acute pancreatitis. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of pancreatitis?

See below: You can get any of these common symptoms but none of them are required for the diagnosis - abdominal pain particularly top center, nausea +/- vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue or malaise, thirst. If you have any discoloration of the skin on the abdomen or back, go to the hospital immediately - that is a sign of a possible serious complication. ...Read more

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Is pancreatitis likely to reoccur ?

Maybe: It really depends on the cause. The two most common causes are biliary tract disease like gall stones and alcohol overuse. If the causes are addressed with surgery for gall stones or cessation/moderation of alcohol use, the chances are lower for recurrence. One third of all pancreatitis either has no known cause or is due to adverse reactions to drugs. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more