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Pancreatitis is a painful inflammation of the pancreas which produce insulin and digestive enzymes. It is caused by trauma, viruses, gallstones or too much alcohol. Symptoms can include severe pain, fever, nausea and vomiting. Treatment involves removing gastric secretions and use of antacids to lower stomach acid which can stimulate the pancreas. Painkillers and avoiding food can also help. Damage to the pancreas can result in reduced insulin production which in turn can lead to diabetes. Chronic pancreatitis can increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. Chronic pancreatitis can be controlled by reducing fat in the diet, taking pancreatic enzyme tablets and avoiding alcohol.
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About: Chronic pancreatitis can lead to diabetes
Date: 13 January 2005
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