Physicians discuss how they diagnose chronic pancreatitis, including lifestyle factors and symptoms that lead them to suspect a disease of the pancreas, and the follow-up tests that confirm the diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis.
Physicians discuss the role of alcohol and tobacco consumption in chronic pancreatitis, including the amount of alcohol consumption that increases the risk, and whether certain people may be more inclined to develop alcohol-related acute pancreatitis.
Patients with chronic pancreatitis discuss the symptoms they experienced that led them to their diagnosis. They also discuss the importance of getting checked if something feels wrong – some patients had symptoms that were initially dismissed.
Patients with chronic pancreatitis talk about their experiences of telling friends and family about their disease. They discuss their struggle with being comfortable enough to discuss the details of their condition. By sharing their stories, they are becoming advocates for the disease.
This slide show describes the causes, symptoms, and factors in the development of chronic pancreatitis, as well as tools and tests used to diagnose the disease.
This educational activity has been developed by:
The National Pancreas Foundation and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.
This educational activity is supported by:
This website is part of the Animated Patient™ series that provides highly visual formats of learning for patients to improve their understanding, make informed decisions, and partner with their health care professionals for optimal outcomes.