What is chronic pancreatitis?

Updated: Jul 15, 2019
  • Author: Jason L Huffman, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Chronic pancreatitis is commonly defined as a continuing, chronic, inflammatory process of the pancreas, characterized by irreversible morphologic changes. [4] This chronic inflammation can lead to chronic abdominal pain and/or impairment of the endocrine and exocrine functions of the pancreas. (See Pathophysiology and Etiology.)


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