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Do a lot of people get pancreatitis, chronic?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not common

Many more people get acute pancreatitis, due to gallstones that got stuck along the pathway, alcohol, trauma, meds, high triglycerides (>800-1000).
Chronic pancreatitis most commonly seen in chronic alcohol abusers, with recurrent episodes of pancreatitis, induced by continued intake of alcohol.

In brief: Not common

Many more people get acute pancreatitis, due to gallstones that got stuck along the pathway, alcohol, trauma, meds, high triglycerides (>800-1000).
Chronic pancreatitis most commonly seen in chronic alcohol abusers, with recurrent episodes of pancreatitis, induced by continued intake of alcohol.
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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

It is unfortunately a relatively common chronic condition.
Habitual alcohol use is the most common cause in the United States.

In brief: Yes

It is unfortunately a relatively common chronic condition.
Habitual alcohol use is the most common cause in the United States.
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