What is the typical presenting symptom of chronic pancreatitis?

Updated: Jul 15, 2019
  • Author: Jason L Huffman, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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For most patients with chronic pancreatitis, abdominal pain is the presenting symptom. Either the patient's age or the etiology of the disease has some influence on the frequency of this presentation. Ninety-six percent of those with early onset idiopathic pancreatitis present with abdominal pain, compared with 77% with alcohol-induced disease and 54% with late-onset idiopathic chronic pancreatitis.


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