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Chonic pancreatitis: how many ppl die in a year due to this? How many are diagnosed in a year. Can this shut down other organs?
Varies on the cause: "Chronic" pancreatitis is a misnomer. The disease is actually recurrent attacks of (acute) pancreatitis. Every attack is different & has a different severity. Acute pancreatitis can affect other organs: when inflamed, pancreas releases digestive enzymes inside the body (instead of the intestines, 4 food). The organs get digested instead. 9 of 200,000 ppl have it, only 20-30% survive 10 yrs from Dx ...Read more
I had surgery on June 25, 2015 and during the removal of some organs, my Pancreas was injured. I got Pancreatitis. Don't I need treatment for this?
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
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