What is the meaning of a shrunk pancreas, in someone with chronic pancreatitis?

Atrophy/scar. The recurrent infections leads to scar that replaces viable tissue in the organ. It atrophies (shrinks) and becomes under active. The pt may actually have a bout of pancreatitis but the labs will be normal cause the organ cant even generate the usual rise in enzymes. Also know as a "burnt out " pancreas. Needless to say it is not good and indicates end stage disease.

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Question about pancreas: what is the difference between pancreatitis and chronic pancreatitis don't theys have painfull symptoms? What I heard

Pancreatitis. Is inflammation of the pancreas and can be acute (sudden) or chronic (long lasting). Both can be painful and associated with vomiting and digestive problems. The most common cause of acute pancreatitis is disease of the biliary tree such as gallstones or infection. Alcohol use is also associated with pancreatitis. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!

Chronic pancreatitis are there any known drugs that can stop the enzymes from destroying the pancreas? In trials?

Haven't heard of... Haven't heard of a successful treatment to block the secretion or damaging effect of the pancreatic enzymes (the G.I. Specialists have tried some meds to decrease secretion on enzymes).
Pancreas. Typically enzymes are used to help your pancreas working by allowing it to digest better. All other medications offered are typically in the setting of research, consult with a pancreas expert.

I have chronic pancreatitis/it may be sarcoid of the pancreas the pain is now everyday where it used to be more sparce. Idk how much more I can take.?

Talk with your Doc. Its important to be honest about your feelings and talk with your doc. You may need a referral to a pain specialist and/or a psychiatrist.
Paim. You need to see a pancreas export who will determine if the pain is related to the pancreas, based on the symptoms and imaging, treatment will be different. Endoscopy? Medication? Or surgery? Hope this help.

Chronic pancreatitis why is methotrexate bad for your pancreas?

Very strong drug. Methotrexate is a very strong medication and can have side effects on practically every part of the body. Pancreatic inflammation has been seen in patients using methotrexate; not sure of the exact mechanism of damage to the pancreas.
MTX. This drug is reserved for cancer and auto-immune disease and had several side effects. Please consult with a rheumatologist.

Can vancomycin cause your pancreas to flare in a patient who has chronic pancreatitis?

Vancomycin. Hello and welcome to HealthTap :) Based upon my literature review and personal experience it should not cause a flare up of chronic Pancreatitis. I hope I have answered your question. Thank you.

I have chronic pancreatitis stones size is 2 mm at the top of the pancreas. Do I need surgery to remove them. .

Maybe. If pancreatic duct is dilated downstream then endoscopic removal may be attempted. Not clear if it will help.
Pancreas. You might benefit from extra corporeal lithotrypsie with eventual ercp. You should see a pancreas expert with imaging.

I have had chronic pancreatitis for 2 years. It is not hereditary, not an alcoholic. 8 attacks I have 2 cysts on my pancreas. What are my options?

Depends. On cause of the cysts (post pancreatitis are benign) and evolution/size. If true cysts, size over 3cm or central location in pancreas are worrisome. Could be premalignant. As for the cause of pancreatitis, look for stones or congenital issues such as pancreas divi sum. Hope this helps :).

seen earlier for chronic pancreatitis flare. Lipase level normal dr refused admit. Told him pancreas is burned out levels no longer rise. Stillinpain?

Other cause. Has your doctor considered other causes for your pain? Since your lipase is normal this is not likely to be due to pancreatitis, but I would suggest having labs rechecked in 24 hours if symptoms persist. There are many other causes of abdominal pain and nausea/fever which should be explored.