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

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. Tri Huynh
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Chronic Pancreatitis (Definition)

Usually is described as a calcific pancreas in a patient w multiple prior acute episodes, pancreatic insufficiency, and frequently a history of alcoholism.. Pain is ...Read more


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My brother has developed mesothelioma. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed mesothelioma. What is it exactly?

Mesothelioma is: A cancer of the membranes that cover the chest cavity, and the nooks and crannies of each lobe and the mediastinum where the heart, swallowing tube and nerves, blood vessels and lymphatics live. Tv and billboard direct you to lawyers because there is a connection to asbestos, and producers are liable. It causes fluid to accumulate. There is a varied natural history, few do well; many do poorly. ...Read more

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My sister has developed mononucleosis. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed mononucleosis. What is it exactly?

EBV infection: Mononucleosis is an infection caused by the ebstein-barr virus. Typically this infection causes a sore throat, swollen glands in the neck, and occasionally an enlarged liver and spleen. The infection also is associated with a feeling of loss of energy. This infection is contagious, can last a long time, and enlargement of the spleen is a risk if involved in contact sports. ...Read more

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My brother has developed glioma. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed glioma. What is it exactly?

Primary brain tumor: Glioma is a tumor that originates from the brain cells themselves. This is in distinction to tumors (cancer) that spread to the brain from somewhere else, or some benign tumors that occur on certain nerves or grow on the covering of the brain (meningioma). Gliomas are usually treated by a combination of surgery, radiation, and sometimes chemotherapy. ...Read more

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My daughter has developed depression. What is it exactly?

My daughter has developed depression. What is it exactly?

Depression: Is a mood disorder involving feelings of depression, loss of interest in usually pleasurable activities, trouble with sleep, appetite and energy and sometimes the development of suicidal ideation. It also interferes with the person's ability to function in school/work and in relationships. The best news is that there is help out there! ...Read more

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My brother has developed legionnaire's disease. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed legionnaire's disease. What is it exactly?

Bacteria: The bacteria is named after an outbreak found at american leigon convention. It is fairly common and causes pneumionia and requires treatment for recovery. ...Read more

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My brother has developed kawasaki disease. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed kawasaki disease. What is it exactly?

Autoimmune disease: Kawasaki is a disease in which the body creates antibodies that fight against our own body. Your brother had high fever for more than 5 days, the doctor couldn't find where the infection was comming from and decided to do blood test; that's where he saw high platelets (a blood component) and made the diagnosis. This disease responds very well to a drug named ivig and then aspirine. ...Read more

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My sister has developed heart contusion. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed heart contusion. What is it exactly?

Trauma to heart: Trauma to the chest causes trauma to the heart, which bruises the heart muscle. ...Read more

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My brother has developed dysthymic disorder. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed dysthymic disorder. What is it exactly?

A depression: As the field of psychiatry has classified the differing difficulties, there has been at least 4 successive publications by the american psychiatric association. In earlier editions the term ''dysthymia'' was used for what currently is termed ''depression''. As there is a wide range of cause(s) and treatments, an expert evaluation is in order. ...Read more

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My father has developed celiac disease. What is it exactly?

My father has developed celiac disease. What is it exactly?

Toxic wheat effect: Gluten in wheat acts as a toxin on your small intestine. The toxic injury leads to a marked decrease in the ability to absorb nutrients in any food that you eat. The immediate result is abdominal distension, pain, bloating & diarrhea. The long term effects is weight loss, muscle wasting & weakness - in fact, all of the symptoms of starvation. ...Read more

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My father has developed brain injury. What is it exactly?

My father has developed brain injury. What is it exactly?

Brain injury types: I would need more informnation to provide a specific reply. Is hisbrain injury ischemic ( such as a stroke , or traumatic ? ...Read more

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My son has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

My son has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

Adult or child?: Cancers that develop in bonse are only common in late adolescence and early adulthhod: osteosarcoma and chondrosarcoma, and most commonlyaround knees. Ewings sarcaoma, and many other tumors affect bones, but usually are not of bones. Adults most commonly have disease from may other places that effect bones: prostate and lung cancer lead the pack, and multiple myeloma destroys bones. No more room. ...Read more

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My father has developed legionnaires' disease. What is it exactly?

My father has developed legionnaires' disease. What is it exactly?

Bacterial infection: Legionnaires disease is a bacterial infection, usually of the lungs. The organism in present in water and may be inhaled through an aerosol, such as in a shower. ...Read more

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My daughter has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

My daughter has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

Try to get details..: Specifically, bone cancer is a type of sarcoma. It is more common in children/ young adults and usually one hopes to detect it early enough that surgery and / or radiation would be helpful. Other confused diagnoses with this term improperly used are cancers that start someplace else and spread to the bone (breast cancer for instance) or cancers of the bone marrow (leukemia). ...Read more

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My sister has developed otitis interna. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed otitis interna. What is it exactly?

Otitis interna?: Otitis "interna" is not a standard medical term. The most common ear infections are "otitis externa" (swimmer's ear), or "otitis media" the common ear infection of children. An "internal" ear infection would apply to the inner ear structures, of which the most common infection is a viral process involving the 8th nerve which causes vertigo ("labyrinthitis"), mostly resolves on its own. ...Read more

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My mother has developed bladder stone. What is it exactly?

My mother has developed bladder stone. What is it exactly?

Stone in bladder: Bladder stones are typically found in people who have difficulty emptying the bladder (retention of urine) and chronic urinary tract infections. Can also be found in those with bladder abnormalities such as diverticulum. Bladder stones are generally treated with an endoscopic procedure using a laser to fragment the stone. Occasionally, if stone is large, it may be removed with abdominal surgery. ...Read more

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My mother has developed esophagus muscle dysfunction. What is it exactly?

My mother has developed esophagus muscle dysfunction. What is it exactly?

Swallowing trouble: The muscles that wrap around the esophagus, as well as the sphincters (both upper & lower) coordinate their contractions to produce peristalsis, thereby propelling food from the back of your mouth to the stomach, & keeping that food from backing up again. There are a lot of diseases that affect the esophagus muscles--some minor (presbyesophagus) & major (like achalasia, parkinson's, scleroderma). ...Read more

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My brother has developed fever of unknown origin. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed fever of unknown origin. What is it exactly?

What it says: If the cause of a fever cannot be diagnosed in a few weeks, it is given the designation of fever of unknown origin. It may be due to exotic infections, malignancies, genetic defects, and autoimmune disorders etc. It often takes investigation by a team of specialists. ...Read more

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My sister has developed long qt syndrome. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed long qt syndrome. What is it exactly?

See below: Long qt syndrome (lqts) is a heart rhythm disorder that can potentially cause rapid heartbeats which may trigger a sudden fainting spell or seizure and in some cases, death. You can be born with a genetic mutation that puts you at risk of long qt syndrome. In addition, certain medications and medical conditions may cause this, however it is treatable. ...Read more

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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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10wks preg.Have Chronic Pancreatitis.Hospital called saying I'm high risk being been referred.How dangerous is this and what's high risk mean exactly?

Normal care: Any time a mother has an underlying medical condition, there is an expectation of closer monitoring and care during pregnancy, which is what referral for "high risk pregnancy" involves. ...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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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 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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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?

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

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What is the best diet for chronic pancreatitis sufferers?

What is the best diet for chronic pancreatitis sufferers?

Low fat high cls/cre: Diet for chronic pancreatitis is low fat, high calories with supplements like Alpha lipolic acid 50 mgm twice a day and resveratrol 200 mgm daily, Creon like pancreatic enzymes, diet rich in whole grains, legumes, lean protein food, low fat diary products, and absolute abstainance from alcohol. Yes Creon can be taken for ever means as long as chronic pancratitis is there. ...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