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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 husband has chronic pancreatitis and is going to have a blood test ca 19-9. Why?

My husband has chronic pancreatitis and is going to have a blood test ca 19-9. Why?

Tumor marker: Ca 19-9 is elevated in patients with pancreatic cancer, but it is not a good diagnostic marker. The idea may be to check that pancreatic cancer is not being overlooked in someone with chronic pancreatitis. ...Read more

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How can we know or check if my chronic pancreatitis condition is getting cured or worse. liver+CBP+sugar test r normal.eating creon+ursoidal,tramodol?

How can we know or check if my chronic pancreatitis condition is getting cured or worse. liver+CBP+sugar test r normal.eating creon+ursoidal,tramodol?

Serum Lipase: May be helpful as well as other inflammatory markers. Ultrasound of the pancreas may show some structural changes or cysts. You need to confer with your doctor. ...Read more

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History of upper right abdominal pain.Pancreatic scarring & cyst found by endo ultrasound Responsive to Viokace - Elevated lypase; suspected chronic pancreatitis - will ER do pancreatic function test?

History of upper right abdominal pain.Pancreatic scarring & cyst found by endo ultrasound  Responsive to Viokace - Elevated lypase; suspected chronic pancreatitis - will ER do pancreatic function test?

Possibly: If you are currently still having right upper abdominal pain, especially if it is worsened, and you go to the ER, they will likely to a blood test to measure your lipase/amylase levels. However, a doctor outside of the ER (such as your primary care doctor) can also check these levels if this is not an emergency. ...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?

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

Dr. Ralph Layman
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Pancreatitis (Definition)

Pancreatitis is an inflammation or infection of the pancreas, causing abnormal secretions or leakage of the digestive enzymes ...Read more