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?
A gastroenterologist diagnoses chronic pancreatitis by the following tests:
1. Stool sample test
3. CT Scan/ MRI Scan
4. Ultrasound tests especially endoscopic ultrasound test
HOW IS CHRONIC PANCREATITIS TREATED?
Treatment for this disease focuses on reducing your pain and improving your digestive function. The damage to your pancreas can’t be undone, but with the proper care, you should be able to manage most of your symptoms. Treatment for pancreatitis can include medications, endoscopic therapies, and surgery
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)