Chronic Pancreatitis Clinic
What is Chronic Pancreatitis Clinic?
This clinic will addresses the entire spectrum of diagnostic and treatment options for chronic pancreatitis by specialized doctors and their team, who have a vast clinical and research experience in the field of chronic pancreatitis.
What are the services provided by this clinic?
This clinic will save the entire data of patient in a separate file and also in computer with a unique number. Patient will be followed up through this file and unique number throughout the visit to hospital. In this way doctors as well as patient will track the progress of treatment and if needed timely endoscopic or surgical intervention can be carried out.
Why in Apollo Gleneagles hospitals?
This is the only center in Eastern India which has all the diagnostic and treatment facilities of chronic pancreatitis that is available in most advanced center of the world. This center has highly qualified doctors and experienced staff with latest instrument like ESWL and Laser to break pancreatic duct stones and digital spyscope, Endoscopic Ultrasound,MRCP,Advanced CT SCAN,Gene studies to diagnose chronic pancreatitis.
What is chronic pancreatitis?
Chronic pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that does not heal or improve-it gets worse over time and leads to permanent damage. Chronic pancreatitis, like acute pancreatitis, occurs when digestive enzymes attack the pancreas and nearby tissues.
What are the risk factors/cause of chronic pancreatitis?
The most common cause of chronic pancreatitis is many years of heavy alcohol use.
Other causes of chronic pancreatitis are
- hereditary disorders of the pancreas
- cystic fibrosis-the most common inherited disorder leading to chronic pancreatitis
- hypercalcemia-high levels of calcium in the blood
- hyperlipidemia or hypertriglyceridemia-high levels of blood fats
- some medicines
- certain autoimmune conditions
- unknown causes
Hereditary pancreatitis can present in a person younger than age 30, but it might not be diagnosed for several years. A diagnosis of hereditary pancreatitis is likely if the person has two or more family members with pancreatitis in more than one generation.
What are the symptoms and signs of chronic pancreatitis?
Most patients would present with maldigestion, unexplained weight loss ,diabetes, jaundice and oily stools.
Why is it important to detect chronic pancreatitis early?
If you have any of the above symptoms and have one of the risk factors, it is essential to get investigated as soon as possible in order to detect it early. Early detection of disease prevents or slow the progression of the disease and patient can lead a long normal life.
How do you detect or diagnose chronic pancreatitis?
Doctor will conduct a thorough medical history and physical examination. Blood tests may help the doctor know if the pancreas is still making enough digestive enzymes, but sometimes these enzymes appear normal even though the person has chronic pancreatitis.
In more advanced stages of pancreatitis, when malabsorption and diabetes can occur, the doctor may order blood, urine, and stool tests to help diagnose chronic pancreatitis and monitor its progression.
What is the Treatment for chronic pancreatitis?
Treatment for chronic pancreatitis may require hospitalization for pain management, IV hydration, and nutritional support. Nasogastric feedings may be necessary for several weeks if the person continues to lose weight.
When a normal diet is resumed, the doctor may prescribe synthetic pancreatic enzymes if the pancreas does not secrete enough of its own. The enzymes should be taken with every meal to help the person digest food and regain some weight. The next step is to plan a nutritious diet that is low in fat and includes small, frequent meals. A dietitian can assist in developing a meal plan. Drinking plenty of fluids and limiting caffeinated beverages is also important.
People with chronic pancreatitis are strongly advised not to smoke or consume alcoholic beverages, even if the pancreatitis is mild or in the early stages