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Dr. Kennedy In chronic pancreatitis there is persistent inflammation of the pancreas. Chronic pancreatitis causes attacks of abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting made worse by eating or drinking, especially alcohol. Chronic inflammation of the pancreas can cause progressive fibrosis and destruction of the pancreas resulting in a lack of pancreatic enzymes and insulin. Deficiency of pancreatic enzymes can interfere with the ability to digest fat while the lack of insulin can lead to diabetes. Recurrent attacks of acute pancreatitis are often superimposed on the chronic process. Chronic pancreatitis is commonly due to alcoholism, but sometimes to unknown causes. Tiny gallstones cause some cases of chronic pancreatitis. Rare causes include hereditary pancreatitis, hyperparathyroidism, and obstruction of the main pancreatic duct caused by stenosis, stones, or cancer.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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