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Chronic pancreatitis fatal?

Chronic pancreatitis fatal?

Sort of: Chronic pancreatitis is a serious illness with a 50% mortality rate over 20-25 years. People with garden variety chronic pancreatitis do not have an appreciable increase in incidence of pancreatic cancer; however, the small number of people with hereditary pancreatitis have a 40% life time risk of cancer of pancreas. ...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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Is chronic pancreatitis cureable?

Is chronic pancreatitis cureable?

doubtful: It is a chronic condition...Which means it lingers on and on for many years. Yet people can live a normal life despite having this diagnosis. ...Read more

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What defines chronic pancreatitis?

What defines chronic pancreatitis?

Irreversible changes: Chronic pancreatitis is defined by irreversible changes in the pancrease (pancrelipase) such as fibrosis. This causes poor function and problems with digestion and blood sugar conrol. ...Read more

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Is chronic pancreatitis curable?

Is chronic pancreatitis curable?

Usually not: By the time diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis is made, there is usually scarring of the pancreas and decline in function of the gland. There may be damage to both the exocrine part involved in digestion and endocrine part leading to diabetes. Whether there is further of continuing damage would depend on the cause and interventions taken. ...Read more

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Idiopathic recurrent acute mild chronic pancreatitis CURE ?

Unknown.: Idiopathic means that we don't know why it happens. If we don't know why it happens then we cannot make any logical assumption as to how to cure it. Further information could be helpful. Are you diabetic? Are you overweight? What kind of diet do you have? You drink alcohol ever? Is there anything that you eat that seems to make it worse? Do you have high cholesterol or high triglycerides? ...Read more

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Can acute pancreatits turn into chronic pancreatitis?

Depends: Acute pancreatitis from gallstones generally does not turn into chronic pancreatitis. Chronic pancreatitis, associated with diabetes, chronic pain after eating, maldigestion of fats can occur after bouts of alcohol-induced acute pancreatitis;high triglyceride (>1000) panc'itis can also. Got stones? Get gb out; high tg-diet and meds. Alcohol-don't drink. Preg related?: see md for individual rx. ...Read more

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Chronic gastritis sintomas?

Chronic gastritis sintomas?

Abdominal pain: abdominal pain is the main symptoms (mid abdominal area, in the upper abdomen). also nausea, bloating, heartburn are common ...Read more

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Can chronic pancreatitis heal?

Can chronic pancreatitis heal?

No: It will not heal but can prevent worsening by avoiding certain toxins like alcohol, tobacco, and certain drugs. ...Read more

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What is acute vs chronic pancreatitis?

Temporary vs.: Permanent damage. Both are mostly due to alcohol abuse and gall stones. Acute pancreatitis may resolve without permanent damage to the organ, whereas chronic pancreatitis by definition is diagnosed when there is permanent damage to the organ. ...Read more

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Can acute or chronic pancreatitis cause secondary lactose intolerance?

Can acute or chronic pancreatitis cause secondary lactose intolerance?

No: Lactase, the enzyme missing from lactose intolerant people, is normally made and present in the absorptive cells lining the inside of the intestine.The pancreas makes enzymes that are transported to and added to the stuff you are digesting.About a 4th of adults are lactose intolerant. ...Read more

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Chronic glomerulonephritis pathophysiology?

Chronic glomerulonephritis pathophysiology?

Complex: Reduction in nephron mass from an injury reduces the gfr. This reduction causes hypertrophy & hyperfiltration of the remaining nephrons & to intraglomerular hypertension. These changes occur to increase the GFR of the remaining nephrons, thus minimizing the functional consequences of nephron loss. The changes are ultimately detrimental because they lead to glomerulosclerosis & further nephron loss. ...Read more

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Can acute gastritis turn into chronic gastritis?

Yes. : Acute means "short term". Chronic means "long term". Wait long enough and if something doesn't get better, acute becomes chronic. Over what period of time different diseases become chronic varies. ...Read more

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Can chronic calcific pancreatitis be cured?

Managed not cured: chronic calcific pancreatitiscan be managed but not cured. ...Read more

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Can Chronic Pancreatitis cause stomach ulcers?

Can Chronic Pancreatitis cause stomach ulcers?

Chronic pancreatitis: Interesting question. Chronic pancreatitis per se does not cause gastric ulcers, but the level of physiologic stress caused by the disease can certainly be a causative factor. Judging by your history of chronic pancreatitis, abdominal pain and diarrhea you should be on some form of gastric acid blocker such as Omeprazole and also pancreatic enzyme supplements. ...Read more

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Could pancreatitis induced ards?

Yes: During the early phase of severe acute pancreatitis, factors are released into the bloodstream that depress the function of many organs in the body, including the lungs. In extreme cases, ARDS may develop. ...Read more

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Could reflux nephropathy cause chronic kidney failure?

Could reflux nephropathy cause chronic kidney failure?

Yes it can: Reflux nephropathy can slowly destroy your kidneys ; rcause kidney failure. Fortunately most cases of reflux nephropathy do not result in kidney failure. Reflux nephropathy is a good indication for correction of vesico-ureteral reflux either by surgery or intravesical sub-ureteral injection of bulking material such as deflux. ...Read more

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What causes Chronic Kidney Disease?

What causes Chronic Kidney Disease?

Many things: leading causes are diabetes and high blood pressure, autoimmune disease (like Lupus) affects the kidney and congenital diseases also. toxic chemicals and drugs can harm the renal system. You should review your case with your physician to determine the proper investigation and treatment ...Read more

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What is the best diet regime for chronic pacreatitis patients?

What is the best  diet regime for chronic pacreatitis patients?

Best diet: Low fat- 50g or less daily-baked, broiled, grilled, or steamed lean meats, low fat/non-fat dairy, almond or rice milk, beans, lentils, soy products, tofu, whole grains, fresh, frozen, and canned fruits, applesauce, angel food cake, gelatin, popsicles, puddings, sherbet, sorbet, coffee, fruit and vegetable juices, tea, sport drinks, small amounts of butter/margarine/cooking oils, broth, honey ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get pancreatitis, chronic?

Not common: Many more people get acute pancreatitis, due to gallstones that got stuck along the pathway, alcohol, trauma, meds, high triglycerides (>800-1000). Chronic pancreatitis most commonly seen in chronic alcohol abusers, with recurrent episodes of pancreatitis, induced by continued intake of alcohol. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of pancreatitis, chronic bad?

Can be: Chronic pancreatitis can cause chronic pain, often worse with eating, can radiate into the back; can be constant pain requiring narcotics; can have hard to control diabetes; can have fat malabsorption with fatty, greasy, foul smelling stools, weight loss; can have vitamin and mineral deficiencies, including osteoporosis, and osteomalacia (rickets). Rx can include surgery, digestive supp, pain meds. ...Read more

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Can chronic pancreatitis heal?

No: It will not heal but can prevent worsening by avoiding certain toxins like alcohol, tobacco, and certain drugs. ...Read more

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Is chronic pancreatitis cureable?

doubtful: It is a chronic condition...Which means it lingers on and on for many years. Yet people can live a normal life despite having this diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is chronic pancreatitis from?

What is chronic pancreatitis from?

Alcohol and: Pancreatic duct obstruction. Most cases of chronic pancreatitis are due to alcohol abuse. Next are cases due to gall stones and other obstructions of pancreatic duct. Other causes are cystic fibrosis and uncommon genetic defects. ...Read more

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What defines chronic pancreatitis?

Irreversible changes: Chronic pancreatitis is defined by irreversible changes in the pancrease (pancrelipase) such as fibrosis. This causes poor function and problems with digestion and blood sugar conrol. ...Read more

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What is acute vs chronic pancreatitis?

Temporary vs.: Permanent damage. Both are mostly due to alcohol abuse and gall stones. Acute pancreatitis may resolve without permanent damage to the organ, whereas chronic pancreatitis by definition is diagnosed when there is permanent damage to the organ. ...Read more

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What can I do for chronic pancreatitis?

Treat symptoms: For chronic pancreatitis there are a number of steps to take. First you must avoid things that exacerbate the condition. Alcohol, fatty foods, high serum lipids, certain medicines must all be avoided. If you have a history of gallstones your gallbladder should be removed. If you have large pseudo cysts you. An have them drained with surgery. There are other surgical procedures for more severe. ...Read more

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What does chronic pancreatitis feel like?

Pain: you can get chronic abdominal pain, and chronic diarrhea, which is usually oily diarrhea due to fat malabsorption. ...Read more

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Can chronic calcific pancreatitis be cured?

Managed not cured: chronic calcific pancreatitiscan be managed but not cured. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of chronic pancreatitis?

What are the symptoms of chronic pancreatitis?

Pain: Abdominal pain is usually the most prominent symptom, which is usually worst 30-60 minutes after eating a meal. Other symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, and oily diarrhea. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of chronic pancreatitis?

Pain, sometimes: Severe, malabsorption, glucose intolerance are main effects of chronic pancreatitis. Symptoms would depend on severity of each condition. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is chronic pancreatitis?

Chronic pancreatitis: Chronic pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that does not heal or improve. This inflammation can cause damage to the pancreas causing it to not work properly. People with chronic pancreatitis can have chronic abdominal pain and should eat a diet low in fat. They should also consider taking pancreatic enzyme supplements (if recommended by a physician). ...Read more

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Is chronic pancreatitis a serious health issue?

Absolutely: Chronic pancreatitis can result in severe pain, difficulty digesting food, weight loss, and eventually with diabetes. It can be very debilitating. If you have it, follow your doctor's advice carefully. ...Read more

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Is there any way to treat chronic pancreatitis?

Is there any way to treat chronic pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis: Chronic pancreatitis most often due to alcoholism. Other causes are hypertriglyceredemia, certain medications, stone in common bile duct, etc, treatment of the cause. Quit alcohol, surgery for gall bladder stone or withdrawing offending medications, pain control, control of diabetes if any, digestive enzyme replacements if needed. ...Read more

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Can acute pancreatits turn into chronic pancreatitis?

Depends: Acute pancreatitis from gallstones generally does not turn into chronic pancreatitis. Chronic pancreatitis, associated with diabetes, chronic pain after eating, maldigestion of fats can occur after bouts of alcohol-induced acute pancreatitis;high triglyceride (>1000) panc'itis can also. Got stones? Get gb out; high tg-diet and meds. Alcohol-don't drink. Preg related?: see md for individual rx. ...Read more

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How long can someone with chronic pancreatitis survive?

How long can someone with chronic pancreatitis survive?

Chr. Pancreatitis: Chr pancreatitis patients can have normal life span, if symptoms are mild and there are no significant complications. If the develop, diabetes, digestive problems or go into complications like abscesses, cysts etc the life span is shorter, . ...Read more