What are the goals of medical treatment for chronic pancreatitis?

Updated: Jul 15, 2019
  • Author: Jason L Huffman, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The goals of medical treatment are as follows:

  • Modify behaviors that may exacerbate the natural history of the disease

  • Enable the pancreas to heal itself

  • Determine the cause of abdominal pain and alleviate it

  • Detect pancreatic exocrine insufficiency and restore digestion and absorption to normal

  • Diagnose and treat endocrine insufficiency

See the Guidelines section for recommendations on the diagnosis and management of chronic pancreatitis, guidelines for the understanding and management of pain in chronic pancreatitis, as well as for the diagnosis and management of asymptomatic neoplastic pancreatic cysts.


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