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What is chronic pancreatitis?

Chronic pancreatitis is characterized by dysfunction related to irreversible damage of the pancreas. Symptoms include chronic abdominal pain, diarrhea and blood sugar elevation. Your pancreas can longer produce certain enzymes needed for digestion and and sugar control. Fat cannot be broken down properly and will pass through the body creating greasy stools. Food products cannot be broken down properly resulting in nutrient deficiency. Insulin is no longer produced at the level needed resulting in elevated blood sugars.The most common causes is excessive alcohol use over a long period of time. Other causes include immune system diseases, obstruction of the pancreatic duct by a cancer, cystic fibrosis, and hereditary diseases.

Symptoms of chronic pancreatitis

  • Abdominal pain

  • Skin or eyes turning yellow

  • Abdominal pain worsens after drinking alcohol

  • Recent weight loss

  • Stomach feels bloated

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Upper central abdominal pain

  • Drink alcohol regularly

Questions your doctor may ask to check for chronic pancreatitis

  • Do you have a stomach ache?

  • Are your eyes or skin turning yellow?

  • Do you get stomach pain when you drink alcohol?

  • Did you lose weight recently?

  • Do you feel that your abdomen or stomach is bloated?

Treatment for chronic pancreatitis

Treatment for chronic pancreatitis aims to reduce pain and improve digestive function with medication. It is important to avoid alcohol. Complete cessation of smoking is recommended as it is a risk factor for progression of chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.

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References

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  • O'Brien SJ, Omer E. Chronic Pancreatitis and Nutrition Therapy. Nutr Clin Pract. 2019 Oct;34 Suppl 1:S13-S26. doi: 10.1002/ncp.10379. PMID: 31535736.

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  • American College of Gastroenterology

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Samantha Nazareth, MD

Samantha Nazareth, MD (Gastroenterology)

Board-certified gastroenterologist. Experience managing gastrointestinal conditions (GERD, IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, celiac disease, NASH) within healthcare organizations (three ambulatory surgical centers, single-specialty practice, multi-specialty practice and solo practice).

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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