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Is 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
NO: Chronic pancreatitis is a well defined entity characterized by the presitent inflammation of the pancreas with gradual destruction of the functional tissue and deposition of fibrous (scar) tissue. It produces pain, usually with the intake of food, and eventually bad digestion and diabetes (exocrine and endocrine insuficiency). The most common cause is alcohol related. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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