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Are there cases of pancreatitis which don't have a discernible cause?

Are there cases of pancreatitis which don't have a discernible cause?

Pancreatitis: Yes, there are called "idiopathic" however in most cases, a pancreas expert is able to identify the cause of pancreatitis. ...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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What causes acute pancreatitis?

What causes acute pancreatitis?

Many causes: The two most common causes in the usa include:gallstones, alcohol. Other causes include high triglyceride levels (a type of cholesterol), trauma (mva/streering wheel), scorpion bites, medications. ...Read more

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Could diverticulitis cause pancreatitis?

Could diverticulitis cause pancreatitis?

No, I have: Never heard of a patient whose colonic diverticultis caused pancreatitis. In a rare cases, duodenal diverticula can cause pancreatitis, but this is really rare. ...Read more

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How does hypercalcaemia cause pancreatitis?

Conjecture: Nobody really knows but some suggest that hypercalcemia induces pancreatic injury via a secretory block, accumulation of secretory proteins, and possibly activation of enzymes that begin to digest the pancreas. ...Read more

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What causes pancreatitis in children and how to treat it?

What causes pancreatitis in children and how to treat it?

Many causes: In a child, the most likely cause would be post-infectious pancreatitis. Several viral infections can lead to pancreatitis. Other causes include meds, gallstones, cystic fibrosis, and hereditary or autoimmune conditions, just to name a few. Treatment depends on the underlying cause, but the principles of management include aggressive IV fluid, bowel rest, pain control, and often hospitalization. ...Read more

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Is a high amylase always pancreatitis? What else causes high amylase?

Is a high amylase always pancreatitis? What else causes high amylase?

Depends on where...: Amylase can come from the saliva glands. If the amylase level is mildly high, and is not thought to be coming from the pancreas or small intestine, it may be coming from the saliva glands. One's doctor can decide the next step, because lab results don't mean much without knowing what one's results have been over the years, and what the symptoms have been. ...Read more

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Could no gallbladder appendix cause pancreatitis?

No: Appendix had nothing to do with pancreas. If the gallbladder had stones you could possible have a stone remaining on the bile duct. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Could no gallbladder no appendix cause pancreatitis?

No: Not unless you continue to form gall stones which get stuck in the duct to the pancreas, high triglycerides are much more common cause. ...Read more

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Can pancreatitis cause weight loss?

Yes: Especially if chronic, you can lose weight. This can occur even in the face of maintaining your regular intake. ...Read more

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Does byetta cause pancreatitis or cancer?

First Pancreatitis: The fda has warned that Byetta increases the risk of acute pancreatitis which causes tissue death and necrosis which can be quickly fatal. Byetta also increases the risk of chronic pancreatitis which has ongoing tissue damage. Chronic pancreatitis, no matter whether related to alcohol use or medications, itself carries a higher risk of pancreatic cancer. ...Read more

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I have pancreatitis can hep c cause that?

I have pancreatitis can hep c cause that?

No: Main causes for pancreatitis are gallstones alcohol obesity elevated blood lipids and some medications ...Read more

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Can chronic pancreatitis cause rectal fistulas?

Can chronic pancreatitis cause rectal fistulas?

Perhaps: If one had significant pancreatic insufficiency and that they had chronic diarrhea, then perhaps one could develop rectal fistulas in the right scenario. This would be rare and an exception. Otherwise, the pancreas is far from the rectum and cannot be associated with this condition. I would defer to my GI and colo-rectal and general surgery colleagues for their opinions. ...Read more

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Can black mold cause pancreatitis? Help please?

Can black mold cause pancreatitis? Help please?

Doubt it: Black mold gets blamed for a lot of conditions but unfortunately scientific confirmation is lacking.
There are other more likely causes for this often very painful condition. ...Read more

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Can pancreatitis cause your feet to swell a lot?

Can pancreatitis cause your feet to swell a lot?

Possibly: The pancreas is a very important organ that works within your organ system to maintain normal systemic health. It has many duties, but if it is inflamed and causing reactions with other organs, especially kidneys, that disruption will cause fluid retention to be severely altered. So yes, the pancreas through combined organ physiology can cause this swelling or "edema". ...Read more

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Can the use of methamphetamine cause leukocytosis?

Can the use of methamphetamine cause leukocytosis?

Yes: Any stimulant, and even the hormones we produce ourselves under stress (adrenaline, noradrenaline, dopamine) can cause the release of white blood cells from the walls of our blood vessels. This occurs with cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, and can even happen when prescription stimulants are used. It is a sign that the drug is having adverse effects on your body. Stop - get help if needed. ...Read more

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Can something besides gallstones cause pancreatitis?

Can something besides gallstones cause pancreatitis?

Many causes: Alcohol abuse is the most common cause followed by gallstones. Trauma to the abdomen, some drugs, a blocked pancreatic duct for a variety of reasons, and congenital conditions may also cause pancreatitis ...Read more

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Could severe pancreatitis be mistaken for seizure or cause one?

Could severe pancreatitis be mistaken for seizure or cause one?

Not mistaken contrib: Pancreatitis should not be mistaken for seizures due to the clinical presentation (i.e. Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting.)

however, pancreatitis can lead to severe electrolyte imbalance which can cause a seizure. Also, Depakote and Lamictal used to treat seizures can cause pancreatitis. Also, patients on a ketogenic diet for seizures can develop high triglycerides which can cause pancreatitis. ...Read more

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What are signs of pancreatitis caused by imuran (azathioprine)?

Abdominal pain: Usually pancreatitis presents with abdominal pain, classically described as epigastric pain that radiates to the back. Associated with nausea/vomiting, worsens with fatty food ...Read more

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Which things can cause you to test positive for amphetamines/methamphetamines?

Udt: Several substances can give false positive results, assuming u r not taking an amphetamine. Refer to my previous answers for details. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me why it'sthat gallstones is the number 1 cause of pancreatitis?

Can you please tell me why it'sthat gallstones is the number 1 cause of pancreatitis?

Blocked pancreas: Gallstones can get into the plumbing around the liver, specifically into the common bile duct. The gallstone passes the plumbing for the pancreas on its way out to the body (pancreatic duct), and in some cases blocks the pancreatic duct. The pancreas produces fluid that collects in the blocked duct and causes increased pressure in the duct. This causes the pancreatitis. ...Read more

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How to tell if what I'm experiencing are signs of pancreatitis caused by imuran (azathioprine)?

Difficult to tell: It is always difficult to tell what the cause of pancreatitis is which is why a lot of lab work is done. Doctors take a medical history, check triglyceride levels, perform imaging like ultrasound or CT, and review medications. If there is no other explanation and the patient is on a high risk medication known to cause pancreatitis, then we will recommend discontinuing that drug. ...Read more

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Pancreatitis recurs every few months with 1 day of extreme pain. What's the cause? I've been diagnosed with sphincter of oddi dysfunction in the past.

See answer: If you're truly having pancreatitis (with elevated lipase levels and/or imaging showing objective evidence of pancreatitis), you should see a GI doctor to evaluate for potential autoimmune or hereditary pancreatitis. If you were told of SOD, it sounds like you probably already had your gallbladder out. Alcohol is another common cause of pancreatitis. Rarely medicines or high triglycerides. . ...Read more

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What causes episodes of pancreatitis?

Several things: Alcoholism and gall stones are the most commonly known causes of pancreatitis. High triglycerides can cause it as well, though most causes are referred to as idiopathic. That is, of unknown origin. ...Read more

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What would be the most likely cause for pancreatitis?

Gallstones, alcohol: In the U.S. The most common causes of acute pancreatitis are gallstones or alcohol. Other common causes are high blood lipids or certain medications. I always tell my patients that sometimes alcohol even in reasonable amounts can cause pancreatitis. It doesn't always have to occur in alcoholics. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can be the cause of pancreatitis?

Many possibilities: The two main causes of pancreatitis in the U.S. Are alcohol and gallstones. Other causes include infections, medications, ercp, post-operative, hyperlipidemia, hypercalcemia, abdominal trauma, hereditary, tropical, cancer and scorpion bite, among others. ...Read more