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Chronic Pancreatitis Symptoms & Diagnosis


Symptoms associated with chronic pancreatitis include:

  • Abdominal pain that may get worse when eating or drinking, spread to the back, or become constant and disabling
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Fatty stools


Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. Other tests may include:

  • Ultrasound —a test that uses sound waves to examine the body
  • Abdominal X-ray —a test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the body
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)—the combined use of x-ray and endoscopy used to examine the pancreas
  • CT Scan —a type of x-ray that uses the computer to make pictures of structures inside the body
  • MRI scan —a test that uses magnetic fields to make computerized pictures of the brain (No radiation is delivered with an MRI.)
  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • Stool tests

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