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Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas produces juices that help digest food in the small intestine. It also produces insulin, which controls the sugar level in the blood. Chronic pancreatitis is a relatively uncommon condition. It is a progressive disease, meaning it continues to worsen over time. The persistent inflammation leads to pancreas damage. Alcohol abuse is a common cause of chronic pancreatitis in the United States.
Chronic Pancreatitis: What You Need to Know
- Chronic pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that worsens over time. The main symptom is abdominal pain.
- In the United States, the main cause of this condition is alcohol abuse.
- Your doctor may use specialized tests, such as MRCP, ERCP and EUS to help diagnose chronic pancreatitis.
- Endoscopic therapy and surgery are often used to treat chronic pancreatitis
Read a more in-depth article about chronic pancreatitis, written by Johns Hopkins gastroenterologists, for patients who want an anatomical description of the causes of chronic pancreatitis.
Watch Johns Hopkins gastroenterologist Vikesh Singh, M.D. and pancreas surgeon Kenzo Hirose, M.D. discuss the complex diagnosis process in a recorded webinar.
Read our FAQs about chronic pancreatitis.
Why choose Johns Hopkins Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology for chronic pancreatitis?
Years of research and experience mean that you can trust our physicians to expertly treat your pancreatitis.Meet our physicians:
The Total Pancreatectomy and Auto Islet Transplantation Program offers pain relief for pancreatitis patients.Find out more about this program.
Our Specialized Care
The Johns Hopkins Pancreatitis Center provides comprehensive multidisciplinary clinical care.Find out more about the services offered by the Pancreatitis Center .