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What is my life expectancy with pancreatitis?

Life expectancy with chronic pancreatitis may be lower than for people without the condition; research has found that the 10-year survival after diagnosis is up to 30 percent lower than that for the general population. If pancreatitis becomes acute, the mortality rate is about 10 percent. When acute pancreatitis is severe with damage and bleeding or inflammation that has spread to other organs, the likelihood of fatality can be over 30 percent. However, milder cases of acute pancreatitis often have complete recovery with minimal effect on life expectancy.

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