Physicians discuss how acute pancreatitis affects the pancreas and digestive system, including destruction of pancreatic tissue in some cases.
Discussion also includes what to expect if sufficient pancreatic tissue is destroyed to affect pancreatic function.
EPI is mentioned briefly but is not a focus.
Physicians discuss the likelihood of having multiple attacks of acute pancreatitis and ways to avoid subsequent episodes, including limiting alcohol and high fat food, stopping smoking and the importance of diet and keeping triglycerides in line.
Patients discuss their personal experiences of being treated for acute pancreatitis. These experiences include a patient who required surgery to gain symptom relief, and a patient who managed symptoms by controlling intake of food and fluids until the pain subsided.
This educational activity has been developed by:
The National Pancreas Foundation and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.
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