Pancreas Divisum - Treatment

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What is the treatment for pancreas divisum?

Pancreas divisum without symptoms needs no treatment. Treatment of patients with abdominal pain and recurrent pancreatitis attributable to pancreas divisum has not been well established. Some doctors will attempt sphincterotomy (cutting of the minor papilla during ERCP to enlarge its opening). Others will insert a stent during ERCP into the duct to prevent duct blockage. These procedures are not risk free. Therefore, patients with symptomatic pancreas divisum are best evaluated and treated by doctors in centers experienced in treating pancreatic diseases.

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Comment from: susa, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 11

My husband has pancreatic divisum, he has been in for 3 stents, 1st one was a 5 cm, 2nd was a 7 cm; they both fell out causing more pain with than without the stents, as the body works hard and rejects them. The 3rd stent has kept him in hospital and it looks like it will have to be removed as it has been made wider instead of longer and has caused nothing but severe pain. He doesn't want another stent and we want to look at natural ways to control the attacks. One is juicing raw food diet or semi raw. It would be great to find some support groups and get ideas.

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Comment from: R J Keegan, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 09

My daughter was diagnosed with pancreas divisum about 3 years ago. She since had 3 stents, which have not worked. She currently suffers constantly with so much pain that she is on oxycodone 24/7. The doctors now say she may have to live with it. She currently has to go in 3 times a week for fluids and she will be seeing a pain control person. She had a feeding tube through the nose and it caused too many problems. Now they want to put a permanent feeding tube in but this won't change the amount of pain she is in. It has also been suggested to remove the pancreas but knowing the life expectancy she has decided this is not a solution.

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