What is chronic pancreatitis?

Chronic pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that lasts for a long period of time, causing irreversible damage to the pancreas. The cause of most cases of this condition is not known, but it can sometimes be the result of alcoholism, gallstones, acute pancreatitis, or hyperparathyroidism. In some tropical countries, children and young adults have chronic pancreatitis with no known cause. The symptoms are similar to those of acute pancreatitis, but they appear slowly. Abdominal pain is the most common complaint.

Chronic pancreatitis is a relatively rare condition characterized by progressive, irreversible damage to the pancreas. It may be caused by gallstones, alcoholism, or hypertriglyceridemia (high concentrations of fatty molecules called triglycerides), to name a few, or it may develop after an episode of acute (short-term) pancreatitis.

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