In many cases it is different than Acute Pancreatitis.
Fibrosis and destruction of pancreas tissue results in decreased or abnormal function of the pancreas and surround tissues can be seen.
Some patients can look very sickly, while others don’t.
There is a considerable concern for malabsorption due to lack of proper function of the pancreas.
Symptoms can be worse with meals containing large amount of fats and protein.
This condition is seen more often in Men than Women.
- Abdominal pain
- Steatorrhea – difficulty with absorption of fat from diet – causes changes in bowel movement
- Loss of weight
- Chronic medication use [Steroids or anti-inflammatory drugs]
- Chronic Alcohol abuse
- Dysfunction of Sphincter of Oddi
- Cystic Fibrosis
- CT and X-ray may show calcifications on or in the pancreas.
- Enzymes produced in pancreas (Amylase and Lipase) can “leak” during both chronic and acute pancreatitis.
- But…..Lipase and Amylase are not always elevated in cases of acute or chronic pancreatitis
- Secretin stimulation test is often very important for diagnosis.
1.) Pain medication
2.) Stop eating
4.) ERCP – (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)
5.) Pancreatic enzyme replacement with supplements
6.) Insulin in some cases where production has been compromised due to complication