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Dr. Larry Maturani
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Briefly explain chronic calcific pancreatitis.....Causes....? Treatment...? Life expectancy.....?

Dr. Larry Maturani
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Briefly explain chronic calcific pancreatitis.....Causes....? Treatment...? Life expectancy.....?

Epigastric pain: Chronic pancreatitis is caused by chronic inflammation of the pancreas. No matter what the cause, the danger lies in the complications that can arise such as pancreatic-pseudo -cyst, decrease exocrine and endocrine function. Eventually, the pancreas will not work at all and you will have to take the enzymes that it usually produces to help in the digestion process. Treat symptoms . Watch etoh. ...Read more

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Pancreatitis (Definition)

Pancreatitis is an inflammation or infection of the pancreas, causing abnormal secretions or leakage of the digestive enzymes ...Read more


Dr. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
38 years in practice
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Can acute pancreatits turn into chronic pancreatitis?

Dr. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
38 years in practice
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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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Dr. Michael Shim
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Can chronic pancreatitis heal?

Dr. Michael Shim
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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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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
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Diet for chronic pancreatitis? how many grams of fat are recommended for chronic pancreatitis. 128 pound male 5ft10

Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
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Avoid alcohol,hi fat: The only absolutes in chronic pancreatitis is to avoid alcohol, refined sugars / snacks / candy (those that give a quick sugar rush), & fried/greasy/high fat foods (such as creamy sauces, fast food, full fat meat & dairy, & anything fried). About 25% of ur calories (or about 55 g/day) shd come from healthy fats like omega-3: baked fish, lean meat, healthy oils. U shd talk to a nutritionist further ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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My brother has developed chronic pancreatitis. What is it exactly?

Dr. Arthur Heller
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My brother has developed chronic pancreatitis. What is it exactly?

Scarring in panc: Chronic inflammation of pancres (digestive and endocrine organ), generally as a consequence of chronic alcohol use. Can cause chronic pain (usually worse after eating); maldigestion of (primarily) fats, with foul smelling, greasy stool, weight loss; maldigestion of carbohydrates and protein; diabetes that may be poorly controllable. Can be treated with meds, occ surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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What secondary conditions can develop from chronic pancreatitis?

Dr. Charles Cattano
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What secondary conditions can develop from chronic pancreatitis?

Cancer: Chronic pancreatitis can lead to chronic pain, maldigestion with weight loss and wasting, diabetes, and even pancreatic cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Ralph Layman
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What can I do for chronic pancreatitis?

Dr. Ralph Layman
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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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Dr. Ralph Layman
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Is treating the chronic pancreatitis done mostly by fasting?

Dr. Ralph Layman
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Is treating the chronic pancreatitis done mostly by fasting?

No: A lot of times acute pancreatitis is treated by pancreatic rest with fasting. Usually chronic pancreatitis is not treated this way. A low fat diet is recommended as is abstaining from alcohol (even if alcohol is not the reason for your pancreatitis). Treating the reason behind the pancreatitis and in select cases surgery or other procedures. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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What is chronic pancreatitis from?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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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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Dr. Benjamin Lerner
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Can chronic pancreatitis be a reaccuring thing.

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