What does "atrophic pancreas" mean?

Q:
What does “atrophic pancreas” mean?

A:
The pancreas is an organ located behind your stomach next to the top of the small intestine. It makes digestive juices and it produces hormones. Pancreatic atrophy is the irreversible degeneration of the pancreas. It is often associated with chronic pancreatitis. This condition involves the inflammation of the pancreas and a main cause for this is alcoholism. Pancreatic atrophy is non-specific and is common in elderly patients.

Symptoms

  • abdominal pain
  • unexplained weight loss
  • stool that appears greasy

Treatment

Treatment for chronic pancreatitis can involve managing the pain and addressing flare-ups. This includes prescribing pain medications and antioxidants. Another way to manage pain is a celiac plexus block. It is a an injection that blocks pain signals from the pancreas to the brain.

Keywords: atrophic pancreas;inflammation;pain

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