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What is fulminating pancreatitis?

What is fulminating pancreatitis?

Severe pancreatitis: This is a very severe form of pancreatitis that comes on quickly. The causes are the same for all cases of pancreatitis, it's mostly a comment about severity. ...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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What is pancreatitis?

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 more

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What is pancreatitis?

Inflammation: Pancreatitis is inflammation of an abdominal organ involved in secretion of digestive enzymes and insulin ...Read more

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What causes pancreatitis?

What causes pancreatitis?

Many causes: Alcohol, gallstones, elevated lipids in the blood, some drugs, trauma, and congenital conditions account for most cases of pancreatitis. ...Read more

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What causes pancreatitis?

Few common causes: The most common causes are gallstones, chronic alcohol use, high triglycerides, and a few different medications. ...Read more

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Which organs are effected by pancreatitis?

Which organs are effected by pancreatitis?

Pancreas: Well the pancreas for sure! As pancreatitis becomes more and more severe you can develop sepsis and shock. If is happens all of your organs can become affected. ...Read more

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Is pancreatitis curable?

Is pancreatitis curable?

Curable?: It can be treated and resolved but unless the cause is found and correctly addressed, it can happen again. ...Read more

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Can it be acute pancreatitis?

Pain: In you have pain in the mid abdomen that shoots straight to your back, it could be pancreatitis. ...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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Can stress cause pancreatitis?

No: Pancreatitis can be caused by too much alcohol, greatly elevated triglycerides, and tuberculosis as well as and e. Coli infection. It is not brought on directly by stress. ...Read more

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What causes acute pancreatitis?

Many causes: The two most common causes in the usa include:gallstones, alcohol. Other causes include high triglyceride levels(a type of cholesterol), trauma(mva/streering wheel), scorpion bites, medications. ...Read more

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Is pancreatitis life threatening?

It Can Be: 90% of the time, pancreatitis is mild and self-limiting. If severe, people are at-risk at 3 different times: early on, factors are released into the body that can depress many organs' function--if chronically ill, this can be dangerous; middle phase problems arise from pancreatic necrosis, sometimes requiring surgery; late phase problems tend to be infectious in origin, often following surgery. ...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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How acute pancreatitis can be cured?

How acute pancreatitis can be cured?

Pancreatitis : It depend on which etiology we are dealing with.
If it is related to stone disease for instance this can dealt with ERCP and stone extraction, if it is related to chronic pancreatitis, this might require more time and effort, including investigation. You need to see a pancreas expert. ...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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Hida scan safe if you have pancreatitis?

Hida scan safe if you have pancreatitis?

Yes: Hida scan is a method to look at the ability of the liver to excrete a radioactive dye — a nuclear medicine study. It may tell if there is blockage of bile coming out of the liver or if the gallbladder is not working. Since it does not involve instrumentation of the pancreas, it does not worsen pancreatitis. It does have limitations, cannot be used if the bilirubin is elevated and not specific. ...Read more

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Could diverticulitis cause pancreatitis?

Could diverticulitis cause pancreatitis?

No, I have: Never heard of a patient whose colonic diverticultis caused pancreatitis. In a rare case, duodenal diverticula can cause pancreatitis, but this is really rare. ...Read more

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Does pancreatitis cause chest type pain?

Does pancreatitis cause chest type pain?

Can: Any organs in the upper abdomen can refer pain to chest such as gall bladder, liver, stomach, and spleen. Gastroesophageal reflux, musculoskeletal changes, and of course cardiac etiologies also exist. Sometimes pancreatitis can get pleural fluid collecting particularly in the left chest. ...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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How does hypercalcaemia 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

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What pain relief is best for pancreatitis?

Intestinal rest: Basically the principle is to rest the intestine, so that there is minimal pancreatic secretion. Pancreatic enzymes degrade protein, but with injury or malfunction of the pancreas it may autolize or damage nearby tissues. So parenteral feedings for acute bouts and appropriate narcotics to treat the pain and decrease stress. ...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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Had a cholecystomy from acute pancreatitis?

Gallstones: If a cholecystectomy was performed and you had pancreatitis prior to that it likely indicates gallstones as the main cause of the pancreatitis episode. The gallbladder is removed to reduce the risk of further stones. ...Read more