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?
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 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?
Nutrient malabsorption is one of the major complications of chronic pancreatitis