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Dr. Ralph Layman
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Pancreatitis (Overview)

An inflammation or infection of the pancreas, causing abnormal secretions or leakage of the digestive enzymes manufactured by the pancreas.


Dr. Ralph Layman
1,367 Doctors shared insights

Pancreatitis (Overview)

An inflammation or infection of the pancreas, causing abnormal secretions or leakage of the digestive enzymes manufactured by the pancreas.


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Pancreatitis (Tip)

Removing your gallbladder can solve your pancreatitis. ...See more

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Treating Pancreatitis (Checklist)

Get evaluated for gallstones
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Get evaluated for lipid abnormalities
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Are the symptoms of pancreatitis, chronic bad?

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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Pancreatitis (Tip)

Drink water instead of alcohol and rest your bowel when you have acute pancreatitis. ...See more

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My wife was diagnosised with pancreatitis and she constantly in pain and keeps losing weight she 90 lbs. What can I do to help? She just turned 22.

Pancreatitis: She need to see a pancreas expert who will repeat labs and imaging and decide if enteral feeding or other intervention are required. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose pancreatitis? Raised amylase and lipase? Please explain

How do you diagnose pancreatitis? Raised amylase and lipase? Please explain

Inflamed pancreas: Acute pancreatitis causes significant upper abdominal discomfort which may radiate through to the back. It can be confused with acute gastritis, peptic ulcer or acute gall bladder inflammation. Elevations of serum amylase and llpase are diagnostic. ...Read more

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Pancreatitis (Tip)

Avoid alcohol and fatty foods. Both stimulate pancreas and can worsen pancreatitis. ...See more

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What should people with pancreatitis eat?

What should people with pancreatitis eat?

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 more

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I had gad test during active pancreatitis. Result was 113. Can pancreatitis elevate gad results. I have recent diagnosis of type 1.5 diabetes due to that?

I had gad test during active pancreatitis. Result was 113. Can pancreatitis elevate gad results. I have recent diagnosis of type 1.5 diabetes due to that?

Don't think so: Anti-gad antibodies are seen in a variety of autoimmune neurologic disorders including stiff-man (moersch-woltman) syndrome, autoimmune cerebellitis, brain stem encephalitis, etc... Anti-gad is the major pancreatic islet antibody, a marker for type 1 diabetes. Anti-gad is seen with autoimmune thyroid disease, pernicious anemia, etc... Haven't heard of pancreatitis causing anti-gad. ...Read more

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Pancreatitis (Tip)

Avoid alcohol like your health depends on it because it dose. ...See more

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How do you know if you have pancreatitis?

Continued: Also the patient's history can help out. Is there a lot of alcohol intake, do they have gallstones, high cholesterol? What medicines do they take. ...Read more

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Pancreatitis (Tip)

If you drink, quit. If you don't drink, look at triglycerides and medications. Eat a low-fat diet! ...See more

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Are there a lot of drugs that can cause pancreatitis?

Yes.: Many different drugs have been listed as possible causes of otherwise unexplained pancreatitis. A recent review article of this subject looked at the 100 most prescribed medications in the US and found that 44 of them have been implicated as possible causes of pancreatitis. ...Read more

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2months ago my pancreatict duct was 6mm and dilated now it is 2.6 does it mean my chronic pancreatitis is cured age is 19 I had creon after food daily?

2months ago my pancreatict duct was 6mm and dilated now it is 2.6 does it mean my chronic pancreatitis is cured age is 19 I had creon after food daily?

Wow...: Were you told the cause of your pancreatitis? If known, you should know. The shrinking duct is a good sign but not the only sign of healing, which could take a while. And a "chronic" (your word) condition is usually not cured (or it wouldn't be chronic) but usually managed. Be dutiful in managing this. The pancreas can be a nasty brute if you don't take good care of it! ...Read more

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Pancreatitis (Tip)

Don't drink alcohol; make sure your gallbladder's fine; clear liquids are good. ...See more

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Which specialist treats chronic pancreatitis?

Gastroenterologist: A gastroenterologist specializes in the pancreas.
If it is for pain management, then a pain specialist physician can help with this issue. ...Read more

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Can pancreatitis come back if you don't get it treated in the hospital?

Can pancreatitis come back if you don't get it treated in the hospital?

Depends: If it us gallstones causing it then u may require gallbladder taken out. Alcohol is the other prime cause. That just requires abstaining from alcohol. There are other causes, but the above two are the most common ...Read more

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Is treating the chronic pancreatitis done mostly by fasting?

Is treating the chronic pancreatitis done mostly by fasting?

No: A lot of times acute pancreatitis is treated by pancreatic rest with fasting. Usually chronic pancreatitis is not treated this way. A low fat diet is recommended as is abstaining from alcohol (even if alcohol is not the reason for your pancreatitis). Treating the reason behind the pancreatitis and in select cases surgery or other procedures. ...Read more

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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my pancreatitis?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my pancreatitis?

Pain meds and time: The 2 most common causes of pancreatitis are alcohol and gall stones. If you have gall stones, you should have your gall bladder removed. Pancreatitis is more common with binge drinking so if your pancreatitis is due to alcohol, I would advise abstention. Once someone has pancreatitis, the body has to heal on its own. In rare cases antibiotics like primaxin (imepenem and cilastatin) can be used. ...Read more

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Are there permanent solutions or treatments for pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis: It depend 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. ...Read more

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Idiopathic recurrent acute mild chronic pancreatitis CURE?

Unknown.: Idiopathic means that we don't know why it happens. If we don't know why it happens then we cannot make any logical assumption as to how to cure it. Further information could be helpful. Are you diabetic? Are you overweight? What kind of diet do you have? You drink alcohol ever? Is there anything that you eat that seems to make it worse? Do you have high cholesterol or high triglycerides? ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of pancreatitis?

What's the best treatment to get rid of pancreatitis?

Treat the cause: In the short term, the treatment is to "rest" the organ by inserting a feeding tube into the gut below the level at which pancreas enters. This removes food stimulation, allowing the organ to sit quietly without secreting hormones or enzymes. In the long term, the best treatment is to treat the cause, which is often excessive alcohol intake. ...Read more

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Age 19 + idiopathic chronic pancreatitis & tablets are creon10000 & ursoidal from 30dys. Mrcp shows "ABRUPT cut in head with duct dilated" suggest.

Age 19 + idiopathic chronic pancreatitis & tablets are creon10000 & ursoidal from 30dys. Mrcp shows "ABRUPT cut in head with duct dilated" suggest.

Complex solution: Not sure if this is truly idiopathic if on MRCP you have a distinct level of pancreatic obstruction with proximal dilation. See a GI specialist for ERCP with possible sphincterotomy or stent insertion. You may benefit from Whipple procedure if you improve with this and are not diabetic. This would be done by a general surgeon specializing in liver and pancreas surgery ...Read more

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Is pancreatitis genetic or diabetes related? How probable is it that diabetic has kidney issues?

Is pancreatitis genetic or diabetes related? How probable is it that diabetic has kidney issues?

Endocrinologist: It could be genetically related or indirectly associated with diabetes. You should consult with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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