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I have severe sharp pain as soon as I begin to eat. The pain is NOT my stomache but just to the left of my stomache. Exactly where the pancrease (pancrelipase) sits.

I have severe sharp pain as soon as I begin to eat. The pain is NOT my stomache but just to the left of my stomache. Exactly where the pancrease (pancrelipase) sits.

Few possibilities: There are a few possibilities from pancreatic issues, to ulcers, and possibly gall bladder. See your doc or make an appointment with HealthTap to provide more detail. I'm available through the Concierge service all day. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


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Are there any artificial pancreases (pancrelipase)?

Are there any artificial pancreases (pancrelipase)?

No: However, transplant of small cellular components of the pancreas which make the insulin, called islets, are done in a few experimental centers around the country. In addition, some patients can do well with an external artificial Insulin pump which delivers Insulin over a two day period and has to be adjusted less frequently than given Insulin shots. ...Read more

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What are actions of pancrease (pancrelipase)?

What are actions of pancrease (pancrelipase)?

Enzyme: Is a synthetic enzyme to replace enzymes that are produced naturally in the pancreas to help facilitate digestion. ...Read more

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Is pancrelipase a good substitute to pancrease?

Is pancrelipase a good substitute to pancrease?

Maybe: It depends on why you're taking pancrease (pancrelipase). If it's because your pancreas does not make enough pancrease (pancrelipase) on its own (pancreatic exocrine insufficiency), then you may also be deficient in lipase, so a combination of the two may be good for your condition. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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To change from pancrease to pancrelipase. Is that favorable?

To change from pancrease to pancrelipase. Is that favorable?

Maybe: It depends on why you're taking pancrease (pancrelipase). If it's because your pancreas does not make enough pancrease (pancrelipase) on its own (pancreatic exocrine insufficiency), then you may also be deficient in lipase, so a combination of the two may be good for your condition. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How to treat fatty pancrease (pancrelipase)?

Usually no need: Dr. Kim is correct. As an autopsy pathologist, i see this frequently and unless there is obvious disease already, it's a normal variant. Different people deposit fat in different places (look around you!) and many people store some in their pancreas. ...Read more

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Is pancrelipase a good substitute for pancrease enzymes?

Yes?: If you have exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, the treatment is oral pancreatic enzymes (aka pancrealipase). These enzymes are also used to treat chronic pancreatitis. Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency is fairly uncommon, generally seen in patient with a history of acute or chronic pancreatitis or cystic fibrosis or pancreatic surgery. ...Read more