chronic pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis is an inflammatory condition which can ultimately affect both the exocrine and endocrine functions of the pancreas. Around 80% of cases are due to alcohol excess with up to 20% of cases being unexplained

pain is typically worse 15 to 30 minutes following a meal
steatorrhoea: symptoms of pancreatic insufficiency usually develop between 5 and 25 years after the onset of pain
diabetes mellitus develops in the majority of patients. It typically occurs more than 20 years after symptom begin

abdominal x-ray shows pancreatic calcification in 30% of cases
CT is more sensitive at detecting pancreatic calcification. Sensitivity is 80%, specificity is 85%
functional tests: faecal elastase may be used to assess exocrine function if imaging inconclusive

pancreatic enzyme supplements
antioxidants: limited evidence base - one study suggests benefit in early disease

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