Less common causes of pancreatitis

8. Less common causes of pancreatitis blog
  • Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. Of the many causes of pancreatitis, the most common are alcohol consumption and gallstones.
Pancreatitis can be either acute or chronic depending on how long a person has had pancreatitis. Acute pancreatitis is an acute inflammation of the pancreas characterized by a short term illness and a quick recovery. Chronic pancreatitis is characterized by a permanent damage of the pancreas causing ongoing illness.
The common causes of both acute and chronic pancreatitis are
  • Gallstones
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Genetic disorders of your pancreas
  • Some medicines such as azathioprine, steroids, metronidazole
Other causes include
  • Infections, such as viruses or parasites
  • Injury to your abdomen
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Having a procedure called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) to treat another condition
  • Pancreas divisum
Dr. Harsh J Shah