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What increases my risk for chronic pancreatitis?

Most cases of chronic pancreatitis have no known cause. Alcoholism is the most common of the known causes. Some people also have a family history of the disease, which may increase their risk. Other conditions that may contribute to chronic pancreatitis include:

  • gallstones;
  • hyperparathyroidism;
  • cancer of the pancreas;
  • acute pancreatitis.

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