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Have diabetes and lupus. What are the symptoms and treatment for atrophic pancreas?

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treatment and symptoms of atrophic pancreas
Posted Wed, 3 Jul 2013 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Luchuo Engelbert Bain 1 hour later
Hi and thanks for the query
This results form a chronic destructive process in the pancreas. This might be noticed especially as a chronic abdominal pain, or in some patients, due to signs of pancreatic failure. The main role of the pancreas in the body is in producing insulin that reduces blood glucose and producing digestive enzymes. cardinal symptoms observed during atrophic or chronic pancreatitis are abdominal pain, raised blood glucose levels (diabetes) and digestive problems (chronic diarrhea). Generally identified risk factors are alcohol and smoking. Many patients however can still still develop chronic pancreatitis or atrophic pancreatic disease without any of these risk factors, but due to family history.

A major complication is usually pancreatic cancer. Therapeutic options depend on a detailed examination to know the actual complications in order to adapt a specific therapy. Endoscopy today is a technique of choice in both making diagnosis and treating patients. N abdominal ultrasound, Abdominal CT scan and MRI could be of immense help in better ascertaining the degree or gravity of the condition. Life style modifications especially with respect to the , avoiding alcohol and smoking and control of blood glucose adequately in case of diabetes mellitus are key issues in the management process. Pain management with use of morphines and opiates are a general rule.

Thanks and hope this helps and do not hesitate asking further questions if need be.

My suggestion is getting the opinion of a gastroenterologist for better care and follow up. Wishing you good health.

Bain LE, MD.
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