(Inflammation of Pancreas)
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- Heredity cystic fibrosis
Obstruction of the passageway from the pancreas to the intestines due to:
- Pseudocysts—build up of fluids and debris
- Congenital conditions such as pancreas divisum
- Tropical pancreatitis
- Hypercalcemia—high blood levels of calcium
- Hyperlipidemia or hypertriglyceridemia—high levels of blood fats
- Autoimmune diseases like lupus
- Gender: male
- Age: late teens to mid-twenties—for alcohol-induced
- Age: over 50—for cases of no known cause
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Family history of hyperparathyroidism associated with chronic pancreatitis
- Abdominal pain that may get worse when eating or drinking, spread to the back, or become constant and disabling
- Weight loss
- Blood tests
- Stool tests
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases http://www2.niddk.nih.gov
National Pancreas Foundation http://www.pancreasfoundation.org
Canadian Society of Intestinal Research http://www.badgut.com
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Chronic pancreatitis. DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated April 22, 2013. Accessed August 13, 2013.
Grant JP. Nutritional support in acute and chronic pancreatitis. Surg Clin North Am. 2011;91(4):805-820, viii.
Pancreatitis. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse website. Available at: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/pancreatitis. Updated August 16, 2012. Accessed August 13, 2013.
Singh VV, Toskes PP. Medical therapy for chronic pancreatitis pain. Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2003; 5:110.
- Reviewer: Lawrence Frisch, MD, MPH; Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/13/2013 -