Chronic pancreatitisOverview

Chronic pancreatitis is a condition where the pancreas has become permanently damaged from inflammation and stops working properly.


Chronic pancreatitis is where the pancreas, a small organ that helps with digestion, stops working properly.


A common symptom of chronic pancreatitis is repeated severe tummy pain, which often starts after eating.


The most common cause of chronic pancreatitis is drinking too much alcohol over many years.


There's no cure for chronic pancreatitis, but lifestyle changes and medicines can help ease symptoms. Surgery may help if your pain is severe.

Page last reviewed: 31/10/2018
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