Medical Definition of Type 3b diabetes

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    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Reviewed on 11/7/2017

Type 3b diabetes: a term used to describe a type of secondary diabetes. Type 3b diabetes refers to diabetes that occurs as a result of diseases of the exocrine pancreas (the part of the pancreas that produces digestive enzymes, not the part that produces insulin). Examples of these conditions include pancreatitis, surgical removal of the pancreas, trauma to the pancreas, pancreatic tumors, cystic fibrosis, hemochromatosis, and other forms of damage to the pancreas. Type 3c diabetes is estimated to be responsible for about 5%-10% of all cases of diabetes in Western populations.



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