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Acute pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis is a condition that develops when the pancreas is damaged by an inflammation that leads to swelling and sometimes to necrosis (death) of parts of the pancreas. In about 85% of patients, acute pancreatitis is a mild disease and is associated with a rapid recovery within a few days of onset of the illness.

In about 15-20% of patients, acute pancreatitis can lead to severe damage of the pancreas associated with the development of pancreatic necrosis (parts of the pancreas becomes dead).

Development of pancreatic necrosis often lead to a severe illness associated with an extended hospital stay, multiple surgical procedures and occasionally death in some patients.

Patients with severe acute pancreatitis are at risk for
developing the following complications:

Specialty treatments for acute pancreatitis offered by the USC Center for
Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases

Chronic pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis is a condition associated with widespread scarring and destruction of pancreatic tissue. This condition is mostly frequently associated with alcohol abuse and excessive smoking. The scarring and destruction of pancreatic tissue develops from inflammatory damage of the pancreas over many years due to the effects of alcohol. In many patients this condition may develop without any apparent cause. Chronic pancreatitis is a slowly progressive disease that takes many years to develop.

Patients with chronic pancreatitis are at risk for developing
the following problems:

Specialty surgical operations for chronic pancreatitis offered by the USC Center for
Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases

Contact information: USC Center for Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases
1510 San Pablo Street, Los Angeles, CA
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Programs: pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis, laparoscopic surgery, endocrine surgery,
biliary surgery

This web site provides select information about pancreatic and biliary disorders and is updated twice monthly. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical consultation with your physician.It is important that you consult with your physician for detailed information about your medical condition and treatment.The center will make every effort to update the site, however, past performance is no guarantee of future medical outcomes.
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