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Can You Die From Pancreatitis
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
Avoid fats: Rule of thumb: avoid fats and eat small portions often in the hospital setting, patients are typically kept "npo" (nothing by mouth) and given plenty of IV fluids and pain management to allow the pancreas to rest. Symptoms typically resolve within a few days for uncomplicated, acute pancreatitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Rarely genetic: Most common causes of pancreatitis include gall stones that block the outlet of the pancrease, alcohol use, and side effect of medication. Less commonly is: idiopathic (meaning we do not yet know why it has occured), autoimmune, and genetic pancreatitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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