What is Chronic Pancreatitis ?

The incurable pancreatitis with continuous inflammation and pain is called chronic pancreatitis. This like acute pancreatitis occurs when the digestive enzymes attack pancreas and other surrounding parts. The vulnerable age group is usually the people between the ages of 30-40.

Causes of Chronic Pancreatitis

Generally acute pancreatitis which damages one pancreatic duct leads to further damage of pancreas and thereby results in chronic pancreatitis. Excessive alcohol consumption and abuse is the most common cause for pancreatitis.

The following are the other prominent causes of pancreatitis. The are:

  • Inherited disorders of pancreas (diseases such as cystic fibrosis)
  • Hyypercalcemia (increased blood calcium levels)
  • Hyperlipidemia or hypertriglyceridemia (high lipid content in the blood)
  • Some drugs
  • Few of the autoimmune conditions
  • Even some unknown reasons

Generally persons below the age of 30 years who come with the complaints of pancreatis are identified to be suffering from hereditary pancreatitis.

Symptoms of Pancreatitis.

Symptoms of pancreatitis include the following:

Initially abdominal pain is noticed. The abdominal pain spreads backwards and worsens while eating and drinking. It disables the affected person. But as the disease progresses, the abdominal pain recedes because by now pancreas is damaged to such an extent that there is no more secretion of enzymes.

The other related symptoms include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Oily stools

People suffering with pancreatitis do not experience the loss of appetite. But the food is not properly absorbed as the secretion of the pancreatic enzymes get affected.

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