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Chronic Pancreatitis

Chronic Pancreatitis (CP) is a continuing inflammatory disease of the pancreas with irreversible morphologic changes. It is characterized by moderate to severe pain in the upper abdomen radiating to middle of the back associated with nausea, vomiting, weakness and weight loss. Such symptoms might last from hours to two days and eventually could be continuous as the condition get worse. Inflammation of the pancreas that does not heal or improve it gets worse over time and leads to permanent damage. It occurs when digestive enzymes attack the pancreas and nearby tissues, causing episodes of pain. The symptoms may mimic Pancreatic Cancer as well.

CP is a global disease and numerous studies depict that the incidences are increasing worldwide. CP occurs more often in men than in women and the condition often develops in people ages 30-40. However, in few cases, the onset of CP may occur at a very young age.

The chronic form of pancreatitis can be triggered by a single acute attack that damages the pancreatic duct. The damaged duct causes the pancreas to become inflamed. Scar tissue develops and the pancreas is slowly destroyed.