What Causes Pancreatitis?

In order to deal properly with pancreatitis we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow pancreatitis to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind pancreatitis consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to pancreatitis.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Alcohol Consequences
  • Hyperparathyroidism

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
regular unexplained nausea
occasional confusion/disorientation
high alcohol consumption
chronic nausea
weak appetite
regular unexplained vomiting
macrocytic red cells
excellent HDL cholesterol level
history of many broken bones
probable alcoholism
frequent sleepwalking
short-term memory failure
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of pancreatitis:
Cause Probability Status
Alcohol Consequences 91% Confirm
Hyperparathyroidism 54% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Metabolic Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about pancreatitis:
Have you suffered from Pancreatitis?
Possible responses:
→ Never had it / don't know
→ Probably had it/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of pancreatitis or pancreatitis, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Alcohol-related Problems

The most common cause of chronic pancreatitis is prolonged alcohol abuse.

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