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Chronic Pancreatitis Information, Facts
The pancreatic gland lies behind the stomach and produces digestive enzymes glucagon and insulin. Prolonged disorders and ailments such as thyroid problems, high cholesterol levels, and hyperlipidemia cause the pancreas to swell. Chronic pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas.
A person is diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis when he has been suffering from this disorder for an extended period of time with persistent abdominal pain and vomiting. This is due to digestive disorders and erratic bowel movement as the body is unable to absorb fats in the diet. This will further lead to fatigue, weight loss, and diabetes.
Chronic Pancreatitis Prognosis, Life Expectancy
Infection of pancreas could result in cysts that could later rupture and bleed. Chronic pancreatitis could lead to type II diabetes and collapse of the lungs, heart, and kidney. If left untreated, this disorder could result in disability and even death. Cigarettes and alcohol increase the mortality rate by 60% to 80%, where one’s life expectancy is reduced by 10 to 15 years.
Chronic pancreatitis infection could lead to further complications such as the following:
Chronic Pancreatitis Symptoms
Injury or infection of the pancreas leads to inflammation and malfunctioning of the gland. Symptoms of chronic pancreatitis vary from person to person. Chronic pancreatitis are constant, and acute abdominal pain spreads to the back and is often more severe at night. It is seen to occur after food intake, and the patient might find temporary reprieve by leaning forward. Other symptoms of chronic pancreatitis include:
Early Chronic Pancreatitis Symptoms
Abdominal pain that starts from the front left and travels to the back, usually lasting for two days. The pain can occur suddenly or increase in intensity gradually. The pain is further aggravated by food or fluid intake. The patient experiences nausea and/or vomiting. The pain eases when he/she crouches forward. A soft and distended (or bloated) abdomen is accompanied by fever, chills, increased heart beat, headaches, mood swings, immense fatigue and loss of weight. Mild chronic pancreatitis signs are similar to those of early pancreatic symptoms. Since the affected pancreas is not able to produce digestive enzymes or insulin, the food ingested does not get digested properly, resulting in smelly fatty stools and weight loss.
Chronic Pancreatitis Treatment
A chronic pancreatitis treatment plan includes the following:
Chronic Pancreatitis Natural Treatment Options and Remedies:
Chronic Pancreatitis Causes
Gallstones in the pancreatic duct (prevalent among women above the age of 50), and long-term alcohol abuse (for more than seven years) are the major causes of chronic pancreatitis. During digestion, pancreatic enzymes are secreted by into the stomach and intestines. However, the enzymes react within the pancreas resulting in internal damage to the organ, leading to chronic pancreatitis. Other factors include the following:
Chronic Pancreatitis Causes in Children:
Hereditary and congenital pancreatitis and cystic fibrosis are the two main causes of chronic pancreatitis in children. Other contributing factors include:
Chronic Pancreatitis Causes in Adults:
Prolonged alcohol abuse causes chronic pancreatitis in 70% of adults. Clogged or damaged pancreatic ducts, genetic disorders, injury to pancreas or abdomen as in an accident, and in rare cases, unknown causes lead chronic pancreatitis.
As part of chronic pancreatic medication, information on a variety of drugs is available on the internet. However, it is advisable that you consult a doctor with regards to the same.
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|