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Can Methamphetamine 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I have chronic pancreatitis and now I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and colitis could the pancreatitis cause this
No: Separatw issues.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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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