Lecture on Chronic Pancreatitis

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Chronic pancreatitis is defined as a continuing chronic inflammatory process of the pancreas, characterized by irreversible morphological changes. This chronic inflammation can lead to chronic abdominal pain and/or impairment of endocrine and exocrine function of the pancreas. By definition, chronic pancreatitis is a completely different process from acute pancreatitis. In acute pancreatitis, the patient presents with acute and severe abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. The pancreas is acutely inflamed (neutrophils and edema), and the serum levels of pancreatic enzymes (amylase and lipase) are elevated.

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