What is the life expectancy of someone with chronic pancreatitis?

With. enzyme supplements and close medical supervision ..(certain medications should be avoided as well as ALCOHOL) there is no reason why a full lifespan can be attained! Hope this is helpful Dr Z.

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How long can someone with chronic pancreatitis survive?

Chr. Pancreatitis. Chr pancreatitis patients can have normal life span, if symptoms are mild and there are no significant complications. If the develop, diabetes, digestive problems or go into complications like abscesses, cysts etc the life span is shorter, . Read more...

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. Read more...

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...
Chronic pancreatitis. Yes it can if it is detected early enough. You need to see a pancreas expert. Read more...

What can I do for chronic pancreatitis?

Treat symptoms. For chronic pancreatitis there are a number of steps to take. First you must avoid things that exacerbate the condition. Alcohol, fatty foods, high serum lipids, certain medicines must all be avoided. If you have a history of gallstones your gallbladder should be removed. If you have large pseudo cysts you. An have them drained with surgery. There are other surgical procedures for more severe. Read more...
Continued. This can involved complicated drainage surgeries, nerve blocking injections, and sometimes in very sever conditions removal of part or all of the pancreas. Pain medication is a commonly used treatment as well. Read more...

Is chronic pancreatitis a serious health issue?

Absolutely. Chronic pancreatitis can result in severe pain, difficulty digesting food, weight loss, and eventually with diabetes. It can be very debilitating. If you have it, follow your doctor's advice carefully. Read more...

What is the best diet for chronic pancreatitis sufferers?

Low fat high cls/cre. Diet for chronic pancreatitis is low fat, high calories with supplements like Alpha lipolic acid 50 mgm twice a day and resveratrol 200 mgm daily, Creon like pancreatic enzymes, diet rich in whole grains, legumes, lean protein food, low fat diary products, and absolute abstainance from alcohol. Yes Creon can be taken for ever means as long as chronic pancratitis is there. Read more...

Is treating the chronic pancreatitis done mostly by fasting?

No. That would just make the malnutrition caused by chronic pancreatitis worse. Chr pancreatitis usually from alcohol; can be painful, can cause diabetes, malabsorption of nutrients, especially fats, fat solvits (a, d, e, k), proteins, carbs, wt loss, osteoporosis, metabolic bone disease. Rx pancreatic supplements, pain relief, sometimes surgery. Acute: rx'd w/bowel rest, supportive care, sometimes surg. Read more...
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...

What's the difference betwen acute and chronic pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis . Acute pancreatitis has a discrete time of onset. It often can result in severe pain, sometimes ending up in the ICU, but usually resolves within a few weeks. Chronic pancreatitis is more long-term, usually has somewhat less severe pain, but can result in a long-term damage to the pancreas itself. Both of them are very serious illnesses. Hope this helps. Read more...