Chronic Pancreatitis

Definition

The pancreas is a long, flat, pear-shaped organ located behind the stomach. It makes digestive enzymes and hormones, including insulin. Chronic pancreatitis is a progressive inflammation of the pancreas marked by frequent acute attacks and risk of permanent organ damage.
Pancreatitis
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Causes

Chronic pancreatitis results from prolonged injury, toxic exposure, autoimmune disease, or obstruction of the pancreas.

Risk Factors

Chronic pancreatitis is more common in men. Other factors that may increase your risk of chronic pancreatitis include:Personal health history, such as:Conditions that obstruct the passageway from the pancreas to the small intestine include:
  • Trauma
  • Tumors
  • Pseudocysts—build up of fluids and debris
Chronic pancreatitis is a risk factor for developing pancreatic cancer .

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