Pancreas Divisum - Symptoms

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What are pancreas divisum symptoms?

Most individuals born with pancreas divisum experience no symptoms throughout life, will remain undiagnosed, and will not require treatment. A small number of patients with pancreas divisum will experience repeated episodes of pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas that can cause abdominal pain as well as more severe complications. Some patients with pancreas divisum may develop chronic abdominal pain without pancreatitis.

Doctors are not certain how pancreas divisum causes abdominal pain and pancreatitis. One theory is that the minor papilla is too narrow to adequately drain the digestive juices in the dorsal portion of the pancreas. The backup of the digestive juices elevates the pressure in the minor duct that causes abdominal pain and pancreatitis. Others believe that there must be other factors above and beyond pancreas divisum that predispose a certain population of patients to develop pancreatitis. Research continues in order to determine the exact relationship.

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Comment from: JMSchil, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

I recently just had my gallbladder removed in November 2015 and I'm still having pain. A CT scan showed I have pancreas divisum and two small nodules on my liver. I just had a MRI and waiting for results. I can't get through the day without 600 mg of Ibuprofen and 1 extra strength Tylenol about every four hours. It really starts to hurt when I'm sitting and feels inflamed. Some days are worse than others. I'm sick of feeling this way. It's been a year now dealing with this.

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Comment from: jeff z, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 08

I have been dealing with chronic abdominal pain for five years now. I had ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) performed and said to have pancreas divisum (PD). I went for a second opinion and was told everything was fine. They only did MRI. I keep getting hospitalized with elevated enzymes. It is driving me crazy! New doctors don't even want to call it pancreatitis but what else causes elevated enzymes! They took me off of pain medication six weeks ago and my pain has increased to unbearable level. I don't want to keep going to the emergency room but my primary care physician is doing nothing for me but making it worse. I'll get out of hospital and two to three weeks later back in for another week and half. I am at wits' end and am looking for suggestions.

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