D.N.B, Diplomate of National Board of Paediatrics, FACG, Fellowship in Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Fellowship in Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, FIAP, FIMSA, Fellow, FRCPCH Fellow, M.B.B.S.
Gastroenterologist - Specializes in Treatment of Chronic Pancreatitis
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Chronic pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that does not heal or improve and it gets worse over time and leads to permanent damage. Chronic pancreatitis eventually impairs a patient’s ability to digest food and make pancreatic hormones. The symptoms may include:
• Pain in upper abdomen
• Fatty stools, which are loose, pale, and don’t flush away easily
• 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?
Chronic pancreatitis has the potential to cause numerous complications. The complications may include:
• Blockage (obstruction) of the small intestine or bile ducts
• Blood clot in the vein of the spleen
• Fluid collections in the pancreas (pancreatic pseudocysts) that may become infected
• Poor absorption of fat, nutrients, and vitamins (most often the fat-soluble vitamins, A, D, E, or K)