Also known as Recurrent Pancreatitis
Chronic pancreatitis is a long-standing inflammation of the pancreas that alters its normal structure and functions. It can present as episodes of acute inflammation in a previously injured pancreas, or as chronic damage with persistent pain or malabsorption.Source: Wikipedia
Within all the people who go to their doctor with chronic pancreatitis, 86% report having sharp abdominal pain, 55% report having vomiting, and 51% report having nausea.
Patients with chronic pancreatitis often receive hematologic tests, complete blood count, glucose measurement, intravenous fluid replacement, electrolytes panel, kidney function tests, liver function tests and urinalysis .
The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with chronic pancreatitis include hydromorphone (dilaudid), pantoprazole, oxycodone, pancrelipase (pancrease), pancreatin, atropine / hyoscyamine / phenobarbital / scopolamine, methadone, megestrol (megace), sucralfate (carafate), bisacodyl (the magic bullet), sennosides, usp (perdiem), thiamine and secretin .
|Bisacodyl (The Magic Bullet)||$5|
|Sennosides, Usp (Perdiem)||$9|
Groups of people at highest risk for chronic pancreatitis include age 30-44 years, race/ethnicity = black and age 45-59 years. On the other hand, age < 1 years almost never get chronic pancreatitis.