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What causes an atrophied pancreas, what can be done for it,

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What causes an atrophied pancreas, what can be done for it, and what are the symptoms? What is the prognosis?   Is this a real, recognized condition?   How many patients per year exhibit this?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. German replied 10 years ago.

This atrophied pancreas is related to chronic pancreatitis.

This is caused by a prolongued inflammation of the pancreas,with the formation of scarring tissue.

This can be caused by alcohol, hyperlipidemia,hyperparathyroidism or genetic causes.

The symptoms are: abdominal pain, nausea ,vomiting,unintentional weight loss and fatty stools. Other patients present pale stools.

This is a serious disease , that may lead to disability . The risk of death can be lowered, if the patient receives the adequate treatment and avoid the consumption of alcohol.

The treatment consist in:

eating a low fat diet

getting enough fat soluble vitamins and calcium

insulin to control blood sugar levels

supplemental pancreatic enzymes

and pain medication

The true prevalence of pancreatic atrophy is not known, ranges between 0.04 -5 % of the patient population.

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