Complications of chronic pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis can produce many complications which include:

  • Pseudocyst formation – cyst which does not have a endothelial lining
  • Obstructive jaundice – due to compression of common bile duct due to fibrosis
  • Portal hypertension – due to splenic vein thrombosis secondary to inflammation in tail of pancreas
  • Duodenal obstruction – secondary to fibrosis of head of pancreas
  • Colonic obstruction
  • Malnutrition – due to defective absorption of nutrients
  • Diabetes mellitus – due to dysfunction of beta cells of Islets of Langerhans

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