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Chronic pancreatitis

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

What are the symptoms?

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.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

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 .

Common Medications

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 .

Who is at risk?

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.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.1x
5-14 years
0.1x
15-29 years
0.5x
30-44 years
2.0x
45-59 years
1.7x
60-74 years
0.9x
75+ years
0.5x

Sex

Male
1.2x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.7x
Hispanic
0.4x
White
0.9x
Other
1.3x
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