Pancreatitis

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. Continue Reading
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Reviewed on 5/28/2015
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