Chronic Pancreatitis is a medical condition characterized by the inflammation of the pancreas. The body looses the ability to digest food and regulate blood sugar due to this disease. Alcoholic abuse is the most common cause of Chronic Pancreatitis. Symptoms are:
• Pain in upper abdomen
• Fatty stools that is loose and pale
• Nausea and vomiting
• Unexplained weight loss
• Excessive thirst and fatigue
HOW IS CHRONIC PANCREATITIS DIAGNOSED?
Gastroenterologists diagnose the disease through enzyme tests that detect the concentration of pancreatic enzymes in the blood. Kidney and liver function tests also may be performed to confirm diagnosis. Stool tests provide further diagnosis confirmation. Imaging tests may be performed to detect inflammations.
HOW IS CHRONIC PANCREATITIS TREATED?
Treatment involves pain management with medications and endoscopy to clear the blockages. Surgery may be needed in case of extreme and severe pain when a part of the pancreas is removed.
DID YOU KNOW?
Unlike the acute pancreatitis, the Chronic Pancreatitis doesn’t get better over time, in fact it worsens. Alcohol abuse is the most common cause of this condition.