Pancreas is a digestive organ that helps in control of blood sugar level & digestion of food particles. Chronic pancreatitis is also called pancreatic stone disease. In this condition, pancreatic duct becomes narrow & stones form inside the pancreas. It
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Pain is the most common symptom of chronic pancreatitis. Pain is caused by blockage of pancreatic duct & presence of stones within pancreas. Some patients will also suffer from weight loss & oily stools.
The diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis is performed by CT Scan & MRCP. EUS, also called endoscopic ultrasound can diagnose even the earliest cases. ERCP, also called Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography is used to to place a stent in head of pancreas.
Treatment for pancreatic stone disease involves accurate diagnosis for need for surgery by a chronic pancreatitis specialist. Operation may be offered as a one time cure from pain for the chronic pancreatitis treatment.
Three types of operations are performed by the chronic pancreatitis. Frey's procedure, cystogastrostomy & distal pancreatectomy. The narrowed pancreatic duct is bypassed in Frey's procedure. In cystogastrostomy operation, fluid collection is drained in stomach. In distal pancreatectomy, the diseased part of pancreas is removed.