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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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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