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Chronic pancreatitis fatal?

Chronic pancreatitis fatal?

Sort of: Chronic pancreatitis is a serious illness with a 50% mortality rate over 20-25 years. People with garden variety chronic pancreatitis do not have an appreciable increase in incidence of pancreatic cancer; however, the small number of people with hereditary pancreatitis have a 40% life time risk of cancer of pancreas. ...Read more

Dr. Ralph Layman
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Pancreatitis (Definition)

Inflammation or infection of the pancreas (the organ positioned behind the lower ...Read more


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Idiopathic recurrent acute mild chronic pancreatitis CURE ?

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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Treatment of acute pancreatitis?

Treatment of acute pancreatitis?

It depends: In acute pancreatitis the basic treatment is resting the pancreas, by limiting intake of food. Also you are given IV fluids and pain medication. If the pancreatitis becomes very severe you may need antibiotics and in rare circumstances surgery. The other thing that is done is investigating the cause in order to prevent future attacks. ...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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Could pancreatitis induced ards?

Yes: During the early phase of severe acute pancreatitis, factors are released into the bloodstream that depress the function of many organs in the body, including the lungs. In extreme cases, ARDS may develop. ...Read more

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What causes acute pancreatitis ?

What causes acute pancreatitis ?

Many causes: The two most common causes in the usa include:gallstones, alcohol. Other causes include high triglyceride levels(a type of cholesterol), trauma(mva/streering wheel), scorpion bites, medications. ...Read more

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Is severe jaundice always present with severe acute liver failure?

Is severe jaundice always present with severe acute liver failure?

Yes: Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin and especially the whites of they eyes, is a visible feature of increased bilirubin in the blood, which is always present in the event of liver failure. ...Read more

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Can acute or chronic pancreatitis cause secondary lactose intolerance?

Can acute or chronic pancreatitis cause secondary lactose intolerance?

No: Lactase, the enzyme missing from lactose intolerant people, is normally made and present in the absorptive cells lining the inside of the intestine.The pancreas makes enzymes that are transported to and added to the stuff you are digesting.About a 4th of adults are lactose intolerant. ...Read more

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What is acute vs chronic pancreatitis?

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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Severe abdominal pain with chronic diarrhea, several mis-diagnosis'?

Severe abdominal pain with chronic diarrhea, several mis-diagnosis'?

See details: The causes are many including ibs, celiac disease, lactose intolerance and inflammatory bowel disease. The only reasonable advice is to speak with a gastroenterologist or seek a 2nd one if you have already seen one previously. ...Read more

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Can you develop chronic pancreatitis without ever having had acute pancreatitis?

Chronic IS Acute.: Chronic pancreatitis is actually a misnomer. It is repeated bouts of acute pancreatitis (acute pancreatitis episodes one after the other = chronic pancreatitis). If the first attack of pancreatitis provoked (alcohol, gallstone), & the cause is not addressed, then the 1st bout of acute pancreatitis can turn into chronic pancreatitis very quickly. ...Read more

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Does acute pancreatitis cause pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatitis : Typically chronic pancreatitis does. Acute pancreatitis if well managed does not lead to cancer. ...Read more

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Does chronic glomerulonephritis cause severe pain?

See below: The common causes of kidney pain are kidney stones, infection and cyst rupture in polycystic kidney disease, besides kidney trauma from any cause and there is a condition called loin pain hematuria syndrome. Besides the above generally speaking chronic glomerulonephritis does not cause kidney pain get yourself examined for other causes. ...Read more

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How frequent is severe acute respiratory syndrome?

How frequent is severe acute respiratory syndrome?

No longer seen: Are you referring to sars? The last reported case was in 2003. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) on the other hand is in fact quite common and as mentioned is usually found in every adult medical icu. The treatment is low lung volume ventilation and treating the underlying cause. ...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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Which is worse: chronic or acute leukemia?

Which is worse: chronic or acute leukemia?

Acute: Acute leukemia comes on suddenly, and without treatment can quickly turn fatal. The chronic leukemias begin slowly and it can be many years before it is even obvious that someone is ill. This difference in behaviour is why they are called "acute" or "chronic.". ...Read more

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Could pyelonephritis cause acute kidney failure?

Could pyelonephritis cause acute kidney failure?

Yes: If your kidneys are already not working correctly or the infection goes for a long time untreated or both you can have acute renal failure. If you are concerned or believe you have problems with your kidneys, please see your doctor asap and have this investigated. ...Read more