Table of Contents
- Pancreatitis facts
- What is pancreatitis?
- What are the causes of pancreatitis?
- What are the signs and symptoms of pancreatitis?
- How is pancreatitis diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for pancreatitis?
- Medications for pancreatitis
- Is there a special diet for pancreatitis?
- What are some of the complications of pancreatitis?
- Can pancreatitis be prevented?
- What is the prognosis for pancreatitis?
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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 andinternal 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.
Gardner, Timothy B. MD. "Acute Pancreatitis." MedscapeReference. Updated Sep 12, 2016.