Over 130,000 people in the U.S. live with chronic pancreatitis. Another 50,000 Americans suffer from acute pancreatitis each year. Yet diagnosis is notoriously difficult, and wrong diagnoses can mean unnecessary procedures and needless suffering. Once a diagnosis is made, patients face an uncertain and daunting future, with dire-sounding prognoses regarding recovery and life expectancy.
I was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis in early 2013 after being misdiagnosed for years. I found it challenging to find reliable, useful information beyond the short descriptions offered by most sites. After spending hours digging into medical journals and other sources, I found helpful information that is not always easy to locate — best practices, promising research, controversies and open questions.
I decided to gather the most relevant information I found and make it available for others — essentially a curated compilation. I try to present current information from authoritative sources such as medical journals and world-class hospitals. Anecdotes, if used, are secondary; there are plenty of patient forums on pancreatitis already available.
As should already be clear, I am not a doctor, and nothing on this site should be considered medical advice. You should consult a medical professional before following, altering or stopping any course of treatment for pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is a serious condition that can be fatal; seek medical advice if you think you may have it, period.
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