Chronic Pancreatitis Life Expectancy: Diagnosis And Prognosis

Pancreas is an elongated gland situated behind the stomach in upper abdominal region.

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of pancreas, chronic pancreatitis occurs due to repetitive attacks of acute pancreatitis or due to injury to pancreas.

Prognosis Of Chronic Pancreatitis

Pancreas main function is to produce pancreatic enzymes for digestion of food, besides it also produces insulin to maintain blood glucose level and bicarbonate to neutralize the stomach acid.

Pancreatitis is a serious condition, and chronic pancreatitis survival rate after 10 years is 60 to 80%. The risk factor affecting the life expectancy in chronic pancreatitis is due to cancer of the pancreas, liver damage and hemorrhage in pancreas.

Chronic Pancreatitis Life Expectancy

Chronic pancreatitis life expectancy is reduced by abuse of alcohol and tobacco. Physicians always advise chronic pancreatitis patients to refrain from alcohol and tobacco, as they further damage the pancreas after an acute attack, even they can trigger a fresh attack.

Therefore to improve the life expectancy, a patient suffering from chronic pancreatitis should be fastidious in food habits and abstain from alcohol. He should not eat fats in large amount, he should have liberal intake of vegetables, soups, fruits, yogurt etc. and drink enough water.

Diagnosis Of Chronic Pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis may or may not present any symptoms, it can be detected accidentally while investigating for other reasons or in some cases there is a history of repeated acute attacks of pancreatitis.

Ultra sound scan, CT scan, MRI scan and ERCP are diagnostic tools for detecting and diagnosing chronic pancreatitits.


  1. Jo Kent said:

    I have chronic pancreatitis caused by pancreas divisum. To my understanding, trauma to pancreas can cause an attack and that with frequent attacks the probability of pancreatic cancer increases. A week ago I had a fall and next morning I had an attack. It was not severe and just had nausea and pain, but I took a pill to relieve pain. I fell really hard on my left side.

    February 10, 2014
    • PUP said:

      Pancreas divisum is a congenital anomaly where two ducts are formed instead of a single pancreatic duct. Majority of persons remain asymptomatic for life time, but small number of people may have pain in abdomen, nausea and chronic pancreatitis. A trauma to the pancreas in such situation may trigger inflammation of pancreas. Person has to be careful to prevent traumatic injuries in such situation to prevent an acute attack. If the pain and other symptoms persist you should consult your doctor as soon as you can.

      February 11, 2014

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