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?
The Gastroenterologist will first of all conduct a physical examination before sending the fatty stools for a lab test to determine whether or not the pancreas are producing the right type and quantity of enzymes. Blood tests to check the liver and kidney functions may also be conducted. Ultrasounds and CT scans can also help in effective diagnosis.
HOW IS CHRONIC PANCREATITIS TREATED?
Treatment of Chronic Pancreatitis aims at providing relief from pain and other symptoms. Common treatment options are medications, endoscopic therapies or surgeries. Severe pain due to damage of pancreas may require surgery for removing the affected parts.
DID YOU KNOW?
Nutrient malabsorption is one of the major complications of chronic pancreatitis