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Posted by: Sheila Keene-Hall
Date: April 16, 2000 11:15 AM

My niece who is 20 years old has had two attacks of pancreatitis over the last four years (one every two years). The doctors have found that one of her ducts is closed (a congenital defect). They have suggested surgery to attempt opening the duct but cannot guarantee success. They say chances are that her attacks will become more frequent and severe with age. She is a vegetarian, and does not drink alcohol or coffee.

Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: April 17, 2000 1:51 PM

If the problem is a closed duct, and if that causes the pancreatitis, surgery is the proper and only approach.

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