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When the pancreas becomes inflamed, it is known as pancreatitis. When the condition has been present for a long time, it's called chronic pancreatitis. Common causes include alcoholism or a blocked duct, but genetics can play a role as well. In order to make a diagnosis, healthcare providers typically ask questions about a person's medical and family history, and will also perform certain tests.
Once chronic pancreatitis has been diagnosed, treatment can begin. This is often a two-step process, with the first step aimed at relieving the pain associated with this condition -- typically through medications -- and the second step aimed at preventing symptoms from returning -- typically by making certain dietary changes.
(Click Chronic Pancreatitis to learn more about this condition, including possible symptoms, detailed ways in which it is diagnosed, whether it occurs in children, and more.)
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