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Chronic pancreatitis affects the organ known as the pancreas, which is located below your stomach. The pancreas produces enzymes, which help to digest your food, and hormones such as insulin, which regulates the level of sugar in your bloodstream.[read article]

Tests for Chronic Pancreatitis

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Ultrasound scans use high-frequency sound waves to capture images and video. This helps doctors view portions of the body's interior without making an incision...  More
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Amylase is an enzyme produced by your pancreas and your salivary glands. The pancreas is an organ that provides various enzymes to help your intestines break down f...  More
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Lipase is an enzyme made by the pancreas. When you eat, lipase is released into the digestive tract to aid in the breakdown of fats. Lipase also functions to increa...  More
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When food enters the small intestine, the pancreas is stimulated to release a fluid containing inactive digestive enzymes (which help break down fats, carbohydrates...  More
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A red blood cell count is a blood test that your doctor uses to find out how many red blood cells (RBCs) you have in your blood. It is also called an erythrocyte co...  More
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A physical examination is a routine test your doctor performs to check your overall health. It is also known as a wellness check. A physical examination helps your ...  More
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A glucose test measures the amount of glucose in your blood. Glucose , also known as sugar, is your body's main source of energy. Your body converts the carboh...  More
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A CT scan is a type of X-ray that can show cross-sectional images of a specific area of the body. The machine circles the body and sends the images to a computer, w...  More
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ERCP is a test used to look for and treat abnormalities in the pancreas, bile ducts, and gallbladder. ERCP is an abbreviation for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopan...  More
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A fecal fat test measures the amount of fat in your feces or stool. The concentration of fat in your stool can tell doctors how much fat your body absorbs during di...  More
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Your small intestine produces a hormone called secretin when partially digested food from the stomach arrives in the small intestine. Secretin makes the pancreas re...  More
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In some cases, your doctor may decide that he or she needs a sample of your tissue or your cells to help diagnose an illness or identify a cancer. This removal of t...  More
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A computerized tomography scan (CT or CAT scan) is a series of cross-sectional X-ray images of your body. CT scans are used to examine your bones and soft tissues f...  More
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Endoscopy is a procedure that uses specialized tools to view and operate on the internal organs and vessels of your body. This allows surgeons to view problems with...  More
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Enzymes are highly specialized complex proteins that facilitate chemical changes in every part of the body. For example, they help break down food so your body can ...  More
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An ultrasound scan is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your body. The technology is similar to that use...  More
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Endoscopic Retrograde Pancreatography and Biopsy of Pancreas
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An abdominal film, also known as an abdominal X-ray , helps doctors assess potential problems in your abdomen-particularly in your spleen, stomach, and intestines. ...  More
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Serum Immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) Level Test
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CT of Pelvis
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Immunoglobulin G (IgG) Serum Test
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An anti-smooth muscle antibody (ASMA) test detects antibodies that attack smooth muscle. This test is performed on a blood sample. The immune system detects substan...  More
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Delta Aminolevulinic Acid (ALA) Test
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An alkaline phosphatase level test (ALP test) measures the amount of alkaline phosphatase enzyme in your bloodstream. The test requires a simple blood draw and is o...  More
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Bilirubin is a yellow pigment that is in everyone's blood and stool. If you notice a yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes, this is called jaundice...  More
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Antibodies are proteins made by your immune system. They help your body recognize and fight infections. Normally antibodies target foreign materials, like bacteria ...  More
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Blood glucose monitoring is the regular testing of the level of sugar (glucose) in your blood. It is part of the ongoing care for diabetes.Glucose testing can be do...  More
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Medical Procedures for Chronic Pancreatitis

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Fat Soluble Vitamin Supplementation
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Pancreatic sphincterotomy by ERCP
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Surgical Procedures for Chronic Pancreatitis

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Pancreatectomy
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Transduodenal Sphincteroplasty
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Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) of Sphincter of Oddi with Sphincterotomy and Removal of Calculus
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Drainage of Pancreas
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Prescribed Medications for Chronic Pancreatitis

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PANCRELIPASE (pan cre LI pase) helps to improve digestion of food by replacing digestive enzymes. This medicine is used to treat health conditions that cause your b...  More
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OCTREOTIDE (ok TREE oh tide) is used to reduce blood levels of growth hormone in patients with a condition called acromegaly. This medicine also reduces flushing an...  More
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Over the Counter Medications for Chronic Pancreatitis

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PANCRELIPASE (pan cre LI pase) helps to improve digestion of food by replacing digestive enzymes. This medicine is used to treat health conditions that cause your b...  More
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Self Care for Chronic Pancreatitis

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High Protein Diet
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Herbs and Supplements for Chronic Pancreatitis What's this?

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Chlorophyll is a chemoprotein commonly known for its contribution to the green pigmentation in plants, and is related to protoheme, the red pigment of blood. It can...  More
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Alternative Procedures for Chronic Pancreatitis What's this?

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The practice of acupuncture originated in China 5,000 years ago. Today it is widely used throughout the world and is one of the main pillars of Chinese medicine. Th...  More
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Various forms of meditation have been practiced for thousands of years throughout the world, with many techniques originating in Eastern religious practices. In mod...  More
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