Pancreatitis (cont.)

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Is there a special diet for pancreatitis?

For people with pancreatitis, low-fat meals that are high in nutrients is the recommended diet. Adequate fluid intake is also recommended to prevent dehydration.

What are some of the complications of pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis can be a life-threatening illness with severe complications. Complications may include:

  • Diabetes: Damage to the pancreas can lead to diabetes due to the disruption in the secretion of insulin.
  • Pseudocyst formation: During acute pancreatitis, fluid and debris can collect in and around the pancreas. If rupture of this fluid-containing sac occurs, severe pain, infection and internal bleeding can result.
  • Malnutrition: Damage to the pancreas can lead to a decrease or absence of digestive enzymes produced, which can affect the absorption of various nutrients. This may lead to malnutrition and unintentional weight loss.
  • Pancreatic cancer: Chronic pancreatitis is a risk factor for the development of pancreatic cancer.
  • Infection: Individuals with pancreatitis are at risk for the development of infection, which can lead to multi-organ failure, sepsis and ultimately death.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/28/2015

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