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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Pancreatic Atrophy

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Can a pancreatic mass cause inflammation in the gallbladder without affecting the liver until a later stage?

Can a pancreatic mass cause inflammation in the gallbladder without affecting the liver until a later stage?

Not likely.: Pancreatic mass can cause jaundice along with elevated liver function tests when it obstructs the common duct. Inflammation in the gallbladder is usually caused by gallstones. Acalculous cholecystitis can occur, but it is rare. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


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What causes atrophy of the pancreas?

What causes atrophy of the pancreas?

Pancreas: Atrophy in this sense suggests previous injury and scarring. Previous pancreatitis? ...Read more

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Does atrophy of the pancreas necessarily cause loss of function?

Does atrophy of the pancreas necessarily cause loss  of  function?

Yes: Atrophy of Pancreas will cause loss of exocrine and endocrine loss of function from fibrotic and parenchymal damage ...Read more

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What could cause atrophy of pancreas and arthersclerotic aorta. Cholesteral normal.?

What could cause atrophy of pancreas and arthersclerotic aorta. Cholesteral normal.?

2 causes: Atrophy of the pancreas is usually caused by autoimmune destruction which may inherited or, if acquired, by repeated injury either from alcohol or recurrent pancreatitis from gall stones. Atherosclerosis is a disease of aging but diabetes (which results from an atrophied pancreas) is a major risk factor as is smoking and high blood pressure. It also can be inherited. ...Read more

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Hubby had CT for rt side discomfort. Mild fatty atrophy of pancreas & mild g/b sludge. Non drinker. Not diabetic. Asthma w/ Prednisone use. Cause?

Hubby had CT for rt side discomfort.  Mild fatty atrophy of pancreas & mild g/b sludge. Non drinker. Not diabetic. Asthma w/ Prednisone  use. Cause?

See details: Ask the doctor who ordered the tests or see a gastroenterologist. There is no way to be specific over the internet for this issue. There are numerous possibilities. ...Read more

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What does pancreatic parenchyma is atrophic mean?

It means: The tissue of your pancreas has deteriorated and is shrunken down. Often seen in people with history of alcohol excess or other causes of prior pancreatic inflammation. ...Read more

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Is diffuse moderate pancreatic fatty atrophy serious?

Is diffuse moderate pancreatic fatty atrophy  serious?

It depends & more: info about u would help. Why ?'d? If test was US not very accurate for this. Gen this is in overweight/obese people, usually w ? triglycerides. The wt is the prob & w wt loss the panc fat will improve. There are more rare causes? Reason usually never be found, can be a gallstone, chronic pancreatitis, rarely mass. Main concerns are pain if chronic pancreatitis/stones & malabsorption. Needs eval. ...Read more

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I have never been a drinker, but the pancreas shows atrophy, and the liver slight enlargement. How come?

I have never been a drinker, but the pancreas shows atrophy, and the liver slight enlargement.  How come?

Blood tests : You are worried about size here... Have not heard anything else and no symptoms reported. What matters is your blood work. Check with your pcp. ...Read more

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Can an atrophic pancreas be reversed and if so how?What is an atrophic pancreas? Is it serious? I've had acute pancreatitis a quite a few times.

Unfortunately no: I would eliminate from your life whatever originally caused your pancreatitis and limit other things that could make it worse. Certain medicines, high fat diets and alcohol are things you can do something about. Genetic causes of pancreatitis are beyond your control but limiting the above will help prevent attacks. ...Read more

Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more