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How is chronic pancreatitis diagnosed?

Doctors diagnose chronic pancreatitis using symptoms and the patient's history, especially looking for alcoholism. Symptoms of abdominal pain; oily stools; loss of weight; and difficulty digesting food all lead the doctor to suspect chronic pancreatitis. CT scans (computed tomography) and MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) can be used to determine how the condition is progressing and where the problem is.

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