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Symptoms and treatment for marked atrophic pancreas?

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what are the symptoms of and treatment for marked atrophic panreas
Posted Thu, 11 Jul 2013 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 57 minutes later
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The pancreas is involved in the production of a wide range of hormones such insulin, glucagon (raises blood sugar), hormones that affect appetite and enzymes that help to break down food eaten.

Atrophic pancreas means that there is wasting away and marked decrease size of the pancreas.The most common cause is chronic pancreatitis which is persistent and chronic inflammation of the pancreas resulting in irreversible changes.

Symptoms: (1) PAIN
Atrophic pancreas would most cause abdominal pain that is usually worse after eating.
This pain is usually in the epigastrium (to the top of the abdomen) and can go towards the back.
Some persons have persisting unrelenting pain ,others have pain episodes with pain free episodes in between.

(2) loss of fat in stools called steatorrhea - stools may look oily, float and have a foul smell

(3) nausea, vomiting a

(4) weight loss

(1) controlling the pain- this is done through pain medication and pancreatic enzyme replacement.
The replacement reduce the stimulation of the pancreas
If the pain does not respond to medication then surgery may be done to remove it.

(2) improving digestion of foods- the replacement enzymes also help with this

(3)treating any complications of the atrophic pancreas such as cysts

i hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions

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